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Wind Idioms



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There are quite a few wind idioms in British English. I have created an Activation Quiz to teach you 15 of them and give you some practice using them. These 15 idioms include put the wind up, take the wind out of someone’s sails, and an ill wind, to name just a few. You can learn these idioms by doing the multimedia-rich, interactive activator in this lesson.      

If an event is a straw in the wind, it is a sign of the way in which a situation may develop. People sometimes drop pieces of straw in order to see which way they move as they fall, so that they can tell which way the wind is blowing. To get your second wind is to experience renewed energy after a period of fatigue or tirednes. If someone is spitting in the wind, they are wasting their time by trying to do something which has little or no chance of success. To get wind of something is to become aware of something, especially something being kept secret, through indirect means. To get the wind up is to become frightened about something. Even the most negative or harmful situations are usually of benefit to someone, and a situation that really benefits no one must be particularly bad. Thus, it's an ill wind that blows no good. To knock the wind out of someone sails is to humiliate them. The winds of change are an event or series of events that will cause important changes. To throw caution to the wind is a cliché which means to become very careless, or to do something without worrying about the risks and dangers involved. A bag of wind is someone who speaks a lot, yet says little of value, and often makes out that they are something of an authority on what they're talking about. A candle in the wind is something that is particularly vulnerable, weak, fragile, and likely to be eliminated at any moment. To go like the wind is to move very quickly. To whistle in the wind is to engage in a fruitless or hopeless task, or to try to produce an effect with no real hope of succeeding. How the wind lies is what appears likely to happen, or how a certain situation may develop. To break wind is to release intestinal gas into the atmosphere. This is commonly known as farting.

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