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find true north

To find or proceed on the correct course or in the right direction. A reference to finding the position of the North Pole (e.g., by compass or by locating a pole star) so as to navigate properly. I would strongly advise that you seek professional legal counsel to find true north in your case against the state.
See also: find, north, true

too far north

slang Extremely shrewd. The phrase refers to people from the north of England, who are thought to be especially astute. Primarily heard in US. You'll never outsmart Alison, she's too far north for you.
See also: far, north

up North

to or at the northern part of the country or the world. I don't like living up North. I want to move down South where it's warm. When you say "up North," do you mean where the polar bears live or just in the northern states?
See also: north, up

find true north

Get on the right course, proceed in the right direction, as in We'd better find true north before our competitors do. This term alludes to locating the position of the North Pole from a particular point. [Slang; late 1900s]
See also: find, north, true

up north

to or in the north of a country. informal
See also: north, up

head ˈnorth/ˈsouth

(business) (about share prices, currencies, etc.) rise/fall in value: The country’s currency headed south for the second day, weakening 1.4%.
See also: head, north, south
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South Korea has made all this progress -- political progress, economic progress and progress diplomatically -- and yet the North seems to be stuck in the Cold War,'' Lim said.
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You're not supposed to ask for stuff," North scolded, shaking his head at her.