straw in the wind definition
A small sign that hints of something that is about to happen: “It is difficult to tell whether the new regime will relax censorship, although a recent remark by the minister of culture may be a straw in the wind.”
straw in the wind
A slight hint of the future, as in The public unrest is a straw in the wind indicating future problems for the regime . This expression alludes to a straw showing in what direction the wind blows, an observation also behind the idiom straw vote
The first of the series of DoD requirements that led to Ada (Woodenman, Tinman, Ironman, Steelman). Strawman was produced by the HOLWG in Apr 1975. (1995-01-30)
noun 1. a mass of straw formed to resemble a man, as for a doll or scarecrow. 2. a person whose importance or function is only nominal, as to cover another’s activities; front. 3. a fabricated or conveniently weak or innocuous person, object, matter, etc., used as a seeming adversary or argument: The issue she […]
noun 1. a mite, Pyemotes ventricosus, that often occurs in straw and normally feeds on the larvae of insects but opportunistically bites humans, causing an itching dermatitis.
noun 1. a small brown mushroom, Volvariella volvacea, used in Asian cookery.