in the wind


Likely to occur, as in “He knew Gattis had guessed what was in the wind and was pretty unhappy about it” (Clive Egleton, A Different Drummer, 1985). This metaphoric expression alludes to perceiving something being brought or blown by the wind. [Late 1500s] Also see get wind of; something in the wind.

QUIZZES

DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!

We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
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