point (one) in the right direction

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point (one) in the right direction

1. Literally, to show one the correct route, often by actually pointing in the direction of the desired destination. A: "I think I'm close to Suite 200, but I haven't been able to find it. Can you point me in the right direction?" B: "Sure—walk straight that way and it will be on your left."
2. By extension, to give one advice or information that helps guide them toward a desired outcome or course of action. We're hopeful that our financial planning services can help point people in the right direction when they look to buy their first home. I was at a loss as to how to proceed with the project, but thankfully Janet was able to point me in the right direction.
See also: direction, point, right

point someone in the right direction

COMMON If you point someone in the right direction, you give them some information to help them achieve something. I hope what I say in this book will point sufferers of the disease in the right direction and will enable others to avoid getting it. We can point you in the right direction to get help.
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National governing bodies such as the National Minority Junior Golf Foundation (602-258-7851), the United States Golf Association (908-234-2179), the Professional Golf Association (904-285-3700) and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (904-274-6200) can also be helpful in pointing you in the right direction. The LPGA, for example, in conjunction with the USGA and the Girl Scouts, has a nationwide program that teaches girls age 7 to 17 to play golf and enables them to sample competition in a non-threatening environment.