straw in the wind

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straw in the wind

A minor event or action that predicts or foreshadows a future event. His negative remark about marriage was a straw in the wind that suggested he was headed for a divorce. Bill didn't get the promotion and, looking back, I think his very public argument with the boss was a straw in the wind.
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straw in the wind

A slight hint of the future, as in The public unrest is a straw in the wind indicating future problems for the regime. This expression alludes to a straw showing in what direction the wind blows, an observation also behind the idiom straw vote.
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a straw in the wind

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
If an event is a straw in the wind, it is a sign of the way in which a situation may develop. There is some evidence that the economy is starting to climb out of recession. The latest straw in the wind is a pick-up in sales among the nation's retail giants. These were straws in the wind, a foretaste of what was to come. Note: 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.
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a straw in the wind

a slight but significant hint of future developments.
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a straw in the ˈwind

(British English) an unimportant incident or piece of information which shows you what might happen in the future: Journalists are always looking for straws in the wind.
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straw in the wind

A slight hint of something to come.
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References in periodicals archive ?
From my perspective, not all straws in the wind are destructive.
Too bad the planners in Washington did not heed these two straws in the wind.
But suddenly, there are some very interesting straws in the wind.