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You can describe an unfortunate event as an ill wind if someone benefits from it. The expression occurs in the proverb `It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good'.      n-sing   usu a N  
But it's an ill wind; I recovered and married one of my nurses from that hospital.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
wind          [1]     ( winds    plural & 3rd person present)   ( winding    present participle)   ( winded    past tense & past participle  )   (AIR)  
1       n-var   A wind    is a current of air that is moving across the earth's surface.      
There was a strong wind blowing..., The leaves rustled in the wind...     
2       n-count   Journalists often refer to a trend or factor that influences events as a wind   of a particular kind.      
N of n  
The winds of change are blowing across the country...     
3       verb   If you are winded by something such as a blow, the air is suddenly knocked out of your lungs so that you have difficulty breathing for a short time.  
He was winded and shaken...      be V-ed  
The cow stamped on his side, winding him.      V n  
4       n-uncount   Wind is the air that you sometimes swallow with food or drink, or gas that is produced in your intestines, which causes an uncomfortable feeling.  
5       adj   The wind    section of an orchestra or band is the group of people who produce musical sounds by blowing into their instruments.      
ADJ n  
6    If someone breaks wind, they release gas from their intestines through their anus.  
to break wind      phrase   V inflects  
7    If you get wind of something, you hear about it, especially when someone else did not want you to know about it.  
to get wind of sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
I don't want the public, and especially not the press, to get wind of it at this stage.     
8    If you sail close to the wind, you take a risk by doing or saying something that may get you into trouble.  
to sail close to the wind      phrase   V inflects  
Max warned her she was sailing dangerously close to the wind and risked prosecution.     
    to throw caution to the wind  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



      n   air, air-current, blast, breath, breeze, current of air, draught, gust, zephyr  
2      (informal)   clue, hint, inkling, intimation, notice, report, rumour, suggestion, tidings, warning, whisper  
3    babble, blather, bluster, boasting, empty talk, gab     (informal)   hot air, humbug, idle talk, talk, verbalizing  
4    breath, puff, respiration  
5      (informal)   flatulence, flatus, gas  
6    get or have the wind up        (informal)   be afraid, be alarmed, be frightened, be scared, fear, take fright  
7    in the wind      about to happen, approaching, close at hand, coming, imminent, impending, in the offing, near, on the cards     (informal)   on the way  
8    put the wind up        (informal)   alarm, discourage, frighten, frighten off, scare, scare off  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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(british slang) "a strong drink" as in "i need a stiff whisky so pour me a real snorter", or (nautical slang) "a strong wind".
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