know which way the wind is blowing

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know which way the wind is blowing

To be able to anticipate how a certain course or situation is likely to develop. These politicians know which way the wind is blowing regarding public opinion on the issue, and you can bet they'll vote accordingly.
See also: blow, know, way, wind
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