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Old November 17, 2008, 06:15 AM
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Perder el norte

I think perder el norte means getting lost. ( losing track of the north star)
but I am not sure. Has anyone heard of the phrase before?
Approximate Quote: Simplemente recrear en el siglo 21 lo que existía en la decada de los 30 seria perder el norte.
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Old November 17, 2008, 07:25 AM
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The phrase means to lose one's bearings or to be at a loss (about what to do).
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I think these would all be synonyms: perder el norte, desorientarse, desubicarse, nortearse.
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Old November 17, 2008, 08:44 AM
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Thanks for comfirming what I thought. Losing track of the North Star can get you lost at night.
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Agree with all.
In your example, it means getting lost, but in a philosophic way (to recreate in the 21 century the 30 years epoche is to be at a loss)
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