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English definition of “straw in the wind”

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straw in the wind

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something that suggests what might happen: She described the theatre's closure as "a straw in the wind" as companies faced up to the realities of life after the lottery.
Translations of “straw in the wind”
in Chinese (Traditional) (預示某事的)跡象,徵兆,風向標…
in Chinese (Simplified) (预示某事的)迹象,征兆,风向标…
(Definition of straw in the wind from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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