something in the wind

something in the wind

A secret plan or undertaking, as in I think there's something in the wind for Mom and Dad's anniversary. This expression alludes to the carrying of a scent by the wind. [First half of 1500s]
See also: wind
References in classic literature ?
Then there's something in the wind--there's something in the wind.
Whenever I've had reason to think there was something in the wind," he concluded, "I've always found he could tell me something worth knowing.
However, Dona Rita must have had the intuition of there being something in the wind, because on the evening of the very same day on which he left her again on some pretence or other, she was already ensconced in the house in the street of the Consuls, with the trustworthy Rose scouting all over the town to gain information.
There's something in the wind," whispered Jacquelin, as Mariette passed the carriole.