Brad Plumer notes that Walmart sales are often a bellwether for the rest of the economy.
One state both candidates are sure to spend time in is Ohio, which has already emerged once again as a bellwether in the race.
Our town has been has been a bellwether of American thought, culture and politics for generations—the good, the bad and the ugly.
Of the bellwether Prize, Durrow says simply: “It changed my whole life.”
We can certainly hope that Iran, the birthplace of suicide bombers, is a bellwether for violent fundamentalists.
And the whole nine of us obligingly trudged after him like sheep after the bellwether, and reëntered the castle.
The crowd does not imitate or follow its leader as sheep do a bellwether.
And what is the use of arguing with sheep who are leaping after the bellwether?
Without some governing body to direct the affairs of the country they would have been like a flock without its bellwether.
But take a sheep flock now—the bellwether is jest a nice gentle old castrate thet'll do jest whut the sheepherder wants.
a belled male sheep
Middle English belle 'bell' + wether 'castrated male sheep'