which way the wind is blowing

which way the wind is blowing

How things are progressing; the signs about a given situation. I'm starting to sense which way the wind is blowing with my girlfriend, and I think she may break up with me soon. Based on which way the wind is blowing, he'll probably be fired by the end of the week.
See also: blow, way, wind

which way the wind is blowing

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the way the wind is blowing

If someone sees which way the wind is blowing or the way the wind is blowing, they consider how a situation is developing when deciding what to do. He wasn't one to make decisions before he was sure which way the wind was blowing. The minister has sensed the way the wind is blowing and is calling for a full public inquiry into the activities of credit card companies. Note: You can also say that someone sees how the wind is blowing. I think she'll wait to see how the wind is blowing before she commits to a course of action.
See also: blow, way, wind
References in classic literature ?
Let us go upstairs and see which way the wind is blowing.
Now then, let us see which way the wind is blowing.
If you don't know which way the wind is blowing," says MacDonald, "you're not going to make a very good weather forecast.