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In new york most of the prisons are in the northern part of the state so when someone says up north they are usually talking about prison. the turm did not come from hip hop it was in exsitance long before hip hop. up north can also mean upstate new york anywhere above westchester county

my boy jim just came home he was up north for 8 years in attica,fishkill and comstock
by NLR718 July 15, 2006
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1. In Michigan, anything North of Flint. Ranges from Da Yoop to Grand Rapids.
2. Any area in Michigan that cannot be described as being Detroit
Person1: Where are we going?
Person2: Grand Rapids
Person1: Is that like Detroit?
Person2: No.
Person1: What is it, then?
Person2: Up North.
by Atog April 30, 2005
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When used in Milwaukee, Madison, or Chicago, Up North refers to the rural areas of northern Wisconsin. This is in contrast to folks from Southern Illinois, who simply mean "chicago" when they say "up north". Up North, Outdoors activities are popular and devotion the the Green Bay Packers is religious, as is a hatred of the Minnesota Vikings. Beer (and usually awful beer such as Milwaukee's Best) is consumed like a daily medication. its incredibly easy for a standard middle class family in Chicago or Milwaukee to own a cottage Up North and have vacations there -- Land is cheap and the winters are brutal. Wisconsinites and Chicagoans simply refer to Michigan's upper Peninsula as "the U.P." and not as Up North. In this author's opinion, Up North is a neat place to visit and chill out and have fun basically doing nothing. Its weridly awesome shooting bottles with rifles, having huge bonfires, and you can by half-sticks of dynamite from "the indians" for a few bucks. there's one sherrif for an entire county so all sorts of debauchery happens up north.

The culture up north is north woods culture or up north culture, or at least thats what its called. Basically, its hicks. Up North is, all things considered, a complete cultural backwater. Door County is different, sitting on Wisconsin's Door Peninsula the place is super touristy and crammed with yuppies who think they're roughing it because they have a rustic cottage.

Wisconsin Dell's is a little town thats basically a series of waterparks, along with hotels that also have lots of waterpark type ammenities and tons of tourist trap type spots. the Dells is never really referred to as Up North, but simply The Dells. Mostly nauseating, trips to the dells are usually only worth it if its a day trip to Noah's Ark, which is a pretty decent waterpark. Suburban Yuppies and rural hicks are convinced that the dells are the shit.
I'm goin' up north cause its huntin' season, ya know?

Up North is dotted with dairy farms cause the soil is shitty except for growing ginseng (no lie) and the weather doesnt suck for dairy cows. Folks from Up North usually call it "up nort'"
by Jack Ransom December 22, 2006
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in jail (comes from hip-hop music).
The jail doesn't have to actually be up north, it's just a saying.
"All you mans that been to jail before, suck my dick...fake up north type niggaz" - DMX

"I'm gonna take these drugs up north and smuggle them into Canada. But first I gotta stop at Dunkin' Donuts, I'm mad jonesing for one of those."
"Damn right you gonna be heading up north cracka. Dunkin' Donuts is a pig sty. Them po-pos gonna arrest yo white ass."
by Nick D April 05, 2003
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see also Northwoods. Everything from Green Bay and beyond in the amazing state of Wisconsin. bountiful in lakes, liquors, rednecks and good times. Up North is the only place to be if you're going to be somewhere.
"Where'd you go on vacation?"
"Up North."
"That's cool, therefore you are cool."
by Caylie August 02, 2005
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The North of England. Where people are friendly and actually say hello to eachother in the street. Unlike the South were if you say hello to anyone you get knifed.
The air is breathable up North with no smog drifting up from the South.
North : Hello - Hello
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what people in the midwest call going on vaction mainly becasue most of them go up to canada or up by the northern border
bill: where are you going for vaction this summer?
jim: oh we are jsut going up north for a couple of days
bill: really us too
by campingfreak September 04, 2006
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