English Expressions and Idioms with Wind

Here you will learn interesting English expressions and idioms with WIND. Wind is one the confusing words in English that have the same spelling but different meaning.

If you want to improve English to a higher level, you need to be familiar with homographs.

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Expressions and Idioms with Wind

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Today let’s talk about English homographs. What are homographs? Homographs are words that have the same spelling but with two distinct meanings and separate pronunciations.

There are over 160 homographs in the English language.

One of them, for example, is Wind [ˈwɪnd] (pronounced wih-nd) – the wind is blowing


Wind [ˈwaɪnd] (pronounced wy-nd) – the road winds around the mountain

English homographs - Wind and Wind

Wind [ˈwɪnd]

Wind [ˈwaɪnd]

Expressions and Idioms with Wind

Here we take a closer look at some common expressions and idioms with Wind.

the wind of change

this means that something is happening after a long time


The Government has been a centre part for several decades. However, the signs now are that a more right-wing party will take control. I can feel the wind of change.

someone is a bit windy

He is not very confident and a bit weak. He will not take up the challenge.


He is afraid of heights. He will not climb that mountain, he is a bit windy.

blowing in the wind

there are rumours about that something will change


People are talking about it. It is in the air, it is blowing in the wind.

it is an ill wind

if something bad happens,
normally there’s something good for somebody else

We can use this phrase when someone can benefit from another’s misfortune, thereby a positive outcome occurs. Good for some.

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good. – the first use of this phrase was recorded in 1546.


I made lots of mistakes in my exam but I learnt a lot by making those mistakes, it’s an ill wind.

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English Expressions and Idioms with Wind

a straw in the wind

an incident, event, statement, etc that indicates how the future might develop


People’s reaction can be regarded as a straw in the wind. There are definitely some major changes ahead.

to wind someone up [ˈwaɪnd] 

We use this expression when we want to trick/fool someone. If we know that a friend or colleague gets annoyed easily by something we wind him up.


It was only when we were leaving the club that we told him we were only winding him up. 

to wind down [ˈwaɪnd] 

to slow down or to begin to stop.


It is a holiday this weekend so people will begin to wind down their work on Friday.

to wind the clock[ˈwaɪnd]

When the old clocks stopped working we had a special key we used to wind the clock to get it to work again.


‘Wind the clock, please,’ were Grandma’s first words when we entered the house.

English Expressions and Idioms with Wind

get the wind-up

Meaning: to become afraid


He got the wind-up when he saw they were after him.

take the wind out of someone’s sails

Meaning: to put a sudden end to someone’s over-confidence


One simple question took the wind out of his sails.

go like the wind

Meaning: to move very fast and smoothly (a car, a fast athlete, etc)


If you would like to order a cake, please be quick as they will go like the wind.

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15 Common Collocations with Wind

the wind blows

Example: A northerly wind blows from the north to the south. 

the wind changes

Example: The wind suddenly changed direction and started to blow from the west.

the wind gets up

Example: When the winds get up, the kites come out.

the wind drops

Example: The wind dropped in the afternoon, and the weather became quite warm.

the wind dies down

Example: Gradually, the wind died down, and the clouds brightened.

the wind whistles

Example: You could hear the wind whistles through the small gaps in the door.

to cycle into the wind

Example: Heading north is tricky, as you’ll have to cycle into the wind.

Useful Collocations with Wind

to sail into the wind

Example: The ferry was 2 hours late, it was very difficult to sail into the wind.

to shelter from the wind

Example: I’m getting cold, let’s shelter form the wind in that shop.

strong winds

Example: Airports are currently closed due to expected strong winds at midday.

high winds

Example: High winds last night caused serious damage to our roof.

an icy wind

Example: The icy wind cut right through me.

bitter winds

Example: Their hands froze; bitter winds cut through their cotton clothes. 

a light wind

Example: A light wind is the most favourable for fishing.

a breath of wind

Example: It was absolutely still. There wasn’t a breath of wind.

More Information

For more information on English grammar rules, English idiomatic expressions and English phrasal verbs, check out the following links:

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