wind at (one's) back

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wind at (one's) back

A favorable position that encourages forward momentum (as with a ship that has the wind at its back). She really struggled in her studies last year, but she's had the wind at her back ever since changing her major.
See also: back, wind
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The Chiefs looked to be taking a 9-0 lead into the break after fly-half Gareth Steenson (above), with the wind at his back, landed three penalties - but on the stroke of half-time his opposite Phil Godman pulled back three points.
With the wind at his back, he was blown past the airfield and towards the spire of St Saviour's Church, in Shotton Colliery.
Giddy with ascendancy; he fails to censor a regrettable penchant, hitherto undetected, for bizarre little Buckley-esque affections--conveying that, with the wind at his back, he knows he can get away with anything.