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way the wind blows, which

Also, how the wind blows. How matters stand, as in Let's see which way the wind blows before we decide, or He's going to find out how the wind blows concerning a promotion. This metaphoric term for the course of events first appeared in John Heywood's proverb collection of 1546.
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