|Main Entry:||go south|
|Part of Speech:||v phr|
|Definition:||to fall or slide down; to decline; to fall in value|
|Example:||His golf game is going south.|
|Usage:||slang; goes south, going south, went south, gone south|
Deteriorate or decline, as in The stock market is headed south again. This expression is generally thought to allude to compasses and two-dimensional maps where north is up and south is down. However, among some Native Americans, the term was a euphemism for dying, and possibly this sense led to the present usage. [Slang; first half of 1900s] Also see go west.