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south of the border

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south of the border

adjective phrase

Failed and ineffective; rejected; ng • The phrase is similar to and enacted by the thumbs-down sign: As performances go, yours was somewhat south of the border

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go south

[1970s+; apparently a blend of the general notion of down as the direction of failure and rejection with the legendary significance of the Mexican border as the demarcation south of which a hunted or rejected person may disappear]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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