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  • n  mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind

  • This report by the Cooperative Analysis of Broadcasting, radio's weathervane, was, hands-down, the euphemism-of-the-week.
  • Sensitive as a weathervane to the intellectual current of the day, but dizzied beyond his normal bewilderment by conflicting winds of doctrine, he has been doing his unlevel .
  • As a cultural weathervane, Carson straddled two eras: the 50s and 60s, when all arbiters of popular taste, from a magazine editor to a comedian-host, were expected to pretend some .

  • Daniel Cohn-Bendit in EurActiv
    French Green MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit called Sarkozy a "weathervane that faces the right way one moment and a false direction the next."
  • Lincoln Chafee in Providence Journal
    But Chafee called Laffey's comments "another instance, similar to immigration, where Mayor Laffey spins like a weathervane, 180 degrees on this one, criticizing me for not supporting the president over and over again . . . and now when the...
  • Jean Charest in
    Charest said that the Quebec flag flies from the National Assembly tower, "not a weathervane," a swipe at opposition leader Mario Dumont.

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