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It is as well to know which way the wind blows

It is as well to know what developments are likely, or what is the state of public opinion. ‘To know which way the cat is going to jump’ has much the same meaning.

‘I’m going to make some inquiries,’ said the politician. ‘As soon as I know which way the wind blows, I’ll decide which line I’m going to take. I’m not going to be on the losing side if I can help it’