tail·​wind | \ ˈtāl-ˌwind \

Definition of tailwind 

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

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But reform of corporate governance also has some powerful political tailwinds behind it. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 The tailwind carried the plane through Greenland and Scandinavian airspace, allowing the airbus to reach the tarmac just 11 minutes behind schedule, despite the meandering route. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Turkish Airlines Flight Flew an Extra 800 Miles and Still Landed on Time," 23 Oct. 2018 Belden initially thought the diamond pattern arises because each rider is trying to gain an aerodynamic advantage by catching the tailwinds of other nearby riders. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "What we can learn about crowd behavior by watching the Tour de France," 19 Nov. 2018 The ever-merry flight attendants wish us good morning, and share the news: thanks to a strong tailwind, the flight is ahead of schedule. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Take the Longest Flight in the World," 26 Oct. 2018 But perhaps the strongest tailwind for new bedding brands is a cultural shift in how people think about bedding and home decor. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why ads for bedding startups are all over the subway," 5 Oct. 2018 Simpson rebounded at the USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento later in June, by catching a 5.0 tailwind and flying 27-5 1/4. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks tangle with BYU Washington, Wazzu in Pepsi Team Invitational: Quick facts," 6 Apr. 2018 Her 200 heat was run into a .3 mps headwind while the other two heats had tailwinds. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDSU's Ashley Henderson advances to NCAA track final in 200 but not 100," 7 June 2018 Here's someone who has huge tailwinds to get the 2020 nomination and the proposal lacked any creativity whatsoever. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Comey's Book Agents on "Toxic" Trump Memoirs and Bill Clinton's #MeToo Fail," 12 July 2018

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tailwind

: a wind that blows in the same direction as something (such as a ship or an airplane) that is moving forward

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