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a wind of change

An event or series of events that signals or precipitates large and important changes. After years of deadlock between the two nations, there seems to be a wind of change in the air, as delegates from both countries confirmed they are meeting to discuss a possible peace treaty. The pharmaceutical industry is seeing a wind of change this year as new laws seek to dismantle their long-despised ability to raise prices for life-saving drugs at their own discretion.
See also: change, of, wind

a wind/the winds of ˈchange

an event or a series of events that has started to happen and will cause important changes or results: There’s a wind of change in the attitude of voters.Winds of change were sweeping over the country.The British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan used this phrase in a speech he made in 1960.
See also: change, of, wind
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As UK Prime Minister Harold Macmillan said on February 3, 1960, a wind of change was sweeping through Africa, ushering in independence from British colonialism.
'I believe a wind of change will strike Kelantan in GE14 due to the disunity in PAS,' he said.
The prescient "Wind of Change" speech was a historically significant address by British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, to the South African Parliament on 3 February 1960 in Cape Town.
It appeals to me because I have a filthy mind Sir Roger Moore on the TV show The wind of change is blowing through more than just the USA and the UK.
THE T-Cross Breeze concept was certainly a wind of change running through Geneva.
India despite currently fascinated with the visit of Obama, has started again recognizing the importance of the blowing wind of change from nearby China and announced PM Modi's visit from May 26 this year to China in an apparent attempt to build windmills and obliterate earlier built walls.
1960: Harold Macmillan outrages South African politicians with a speech warning of the "wind of change" in Africa.
1960: British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan made his historic ''wind of change'' speech to the South African Parliament in Cape Town.
HAS a wind of change happened regarding the more or less automatic planning approval of wind turbines?
Summary: ABU DHABI -- Public Relations (PR) companies in the Gulf may struggle with their clients, but they all agree on one thing: there is a wind of change!
"This regional conference is as important as timely given the wind of change which is sweeping through region and its potential impact on the future of journalism," said Jim Boumelha, IFJ President who is attending the meeting.
This wind of change which has revived the Middle East enticed Fayad and his associates to work harder on having a strong solid government which can take care of the country and its people during these "turbulent days."
"Lebanon could be a source of inspiration for other countries, particularly under the current circumstances when the wind of change is blowing into the region," Caccia added.
"But there is a wind of change in the region and Algerians will protest - it's been done in Tunisia and Egypt, so why not Libya and Morocco, or even Syria, Jordan and the Yemen, although these are less likely in the short term.
As we see with the Oliver Stone movie South of the Border, the winds of radical change are blowing throughout the Americas, so as North American Africans we are obligated to be informed on the rapidly developing events in the Americas, not only in the USA, though a little wind of change is blowing here with the election of the first North American African descendant of slavery and colonialism.