how to say “to go south” in Hebrew
The Negev is in the south of Israel.
He worked at a winery in the north, but then he decided to go south to Jerusalem.
and the Talmudic statement:
He who wishes to become wise should go south. (Baba Batra 25B)
The sages were referring to approaching the מנורה – the candelabra, which stood in the southern part of the Holy Temple, but perhaps also to spending time with the sages of the southern part of Israel.
להדרים does not have the English-slang connotation of to become a bad deal.