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straw in the wind

Definition of straw in the wind

  1. :  a sign of what might come in the future <A few straws in the wind—such as increased tourism and shopping—suggest that the economy is improving.>



Word by Word Definitions

strawplay
  1. :  stalks of grain after threshing

    :  dry stalky plant residue used like grain straw (as for bedding or packing)

    :  a natural or artificial heavy fiber used for weaving, plaiting, or braiding

  1. :  made of straw

    :  of, relating to, or used for straw

    :  of the color of straw

windplay
  1. :  a natural movement of air of any velocity

    :  the earth's air or the gas surrounding a planet in natural motion horizontally

    :  an artificially produced movement of air

  1. :  to detect or follow by scent

    :  to expose to the air or wind :  dry by exposing to air

    :  to make short of breath

  1. :  to cause (as a horn) to sound by blowing :  blow

    :  to sound (as a call or note) on a horn

    :  to produce a sound on a horn

  1. :  weave

    :  entangle, involve

    :  to introduce sinuously or stealthily :  insinuate

  1. :  a mechanism (as a winch) for winding

    :  an act of winding :  the state of being wound

    :  coil, turn


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