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Difference between Go South and Go West

go South—(U.S. sl., also: head South)

1. (of a market, economy, etc.) deteriorate; lessen in quality or worth:

  • All the stock market indexes went South today.

2. make an escape; run away:

  • Lefty went South the minute he got out of the pen.

go West—(sl.)

1. die:

  • I’m afraid—if I go west this time—I’ll be leaving you rottenly badly off, old girl.

2. (of things) perish or disappear:

  • Wilson sighed. “There’s valuable evidence gone west,” he said.