before the wind

Driven ahead, hurried, as in The bikers are moving before the wind, so it's hard to tell who will come in first. The literal meaning of this term is nautical, referring to a ship sailing in the same direction as the wind and being propelled forward. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1800s.


Nearby words

  1. befog,
  2. befool,
  3. before,
  4. before long,
  5. before the present,
  6. before you can say jack robinson,
  7. before you know it,
  8. beforehand,
  9. beforetime,
  10. befoul

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.