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
References in classic literature ?
We took the northern passage, and with the stout west wind at our back made the run across the Pacific in thirty-seven days of brave sailing.
With a light favoring wind at our back we went through the Carquinez Straits, crossed Suisun Bay, passed the Ship Island Light, and came upon the whole fleet at work.
According to CNSNews.com, Land added, "We've got the Holy Spirit's wind at our back."
"We wanted to do it for them and we hope they will create the same atmosphere next weekend." Russell, who snatched two tries and landed a spate of vital kicks, added: "We were four points down at the interval and knew we had to be patient with the strong wind at our backs. It was all about playing cleverly and thankfully we got some momentum and made the most of it.
"I guess it was important for us to have the wind at our backs second half," said Lee.
"Shots at goal were absolutely woeful, we've not even worked the goalkeeper with the wind at our backs. Some of the shots were powder-puff.
But Mr Obama urged supporters to redouble the battle: "We have a new wind at our backs and a timeless creed that sums up the American spirit - 'Yes we can'."
We were awful before the break but once we had the wind at our backs we knew we could do it."
But Mr Obama urged supporters to redouble the battle: "We have a new wind at our backs and a timeless creed that sums up the American spirit - 'Yes we can'." John McCain was leading the race for the Republican nomination in Florida.