head·wind | \ ˈhed-ˌwind \

Definition of headwind 

: a wind having the opposite general direction to a course of movement (as of an aircraft)

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Intensely private behind their walls of privet, genteel and yes, primarily gentile, the club system continues to thrive in the Hamptons, in spite of the headwinds of social change or supposed dearth of clubbable types. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "High Society Photographer Bert Morgan Chronicled the Hamptons' Smart Set Before Everything Changed," 13 June 2018 But Trump’s unpopularity and controversies, combined with headwinds that any president’s party historically faces in a first midterm, have given Democrats hope of seizing back control of the upper chamber. Sean Sullivan, Washington Post, "Mississippi’s Thad Cochran to resign from Senate after four-decade congressional career," 6 Mar. 2018 Walmart said Thursday that increased transportation costs will probably be a headwind for the next few quarters. Lydia Mulvany, chicagotribune.com, "Deere to raise prices on higher costs for freight, materials," 18 May 2018 All this comes as Biogen’s banner multiple sclerosis business runs into competitive headwinds and pricing struggles that have Wall Street questioning the company’s decision making. Damian Garde, STAT, "Biogen’s rain-making rare-disease drug hits a sales slump," 24 Apr. 2018 Despite facing strong headwinds, the games succeeded in economic terms. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Will LA’s ‘no-build’ Olympics spur Southern California’s next building boom?," 10 July 2018 Years after the riots the city continued to slump, partly because of changing economic headwinds, corruption and bad redevelopment deals. Asbury Park Press, "Read more from this Project," 15 June 2018 His court papers quoted multiple statements by the two men pledging to keep the league and the team going in spite of financial headwinds. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Sacramento's ill-fated pro football team's final play: A payout for its coach," 24 May 2018 Trump has vented that his team isn't doing enough to prevent the kind of headwinds that Haspel and other Cabinet picks have faced in the Senate, according to one White House official. Sarah Westwood, CNN, "White House scrambling to shore up support for Trump's CIA pick," 7 May 2018

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1709, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of headwind

: a wind that is blowing toward something (such as a ship or an airplane) as it moves forward

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