• go south

    From Anton Shepelev@2:221/6 to Alexander Koryagin on Sun Jan 31 14:56:28 2021
    Alexander Koryagin:

    Why does "go south" mean something wrong?

    My uneducated conjecture is that at one point the phrase
    became a reference to the flight of criminals from South US
    to Mexico, in search of shelter.

    * Origin: nntp://news.fidonet.fi (2:221/6.0)