willow in the wind



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willow in the wind (plural willows in the wind)

  1. (idiomatic) One whose views are easily and regularly changed by the persuasion or influence of others.
    • 1984 March 22, "Editorial: Smoking ban still up in the air," Reading Eagle (USA), p. 4 (retrieved 21 June 2011):
      [T]he CAB has rightfully seen Congress as a willow in the wind, bending to the wishes of whatever special interest groups and businesses speak loudest.
    • 1989, Gerry Spence, With Justice for None, →ISBN, p. 5:
      Justice is not a willow in the wind; justice stands immutable against unjust forces.
    • 1992 June 25, "Local: Florida Senate," Miami Herald, p. 5B (retrieved 21 June 2011):
      If he has to vote against taxes, he will—and his vote won't change from day to day: “I'm not gonna be a willow in the wind.”
    • 2008, Ronald Arthur Howard and Clinton D. Korver, Ethics for the Real World, →ISBN, p. 40:
      Ethics begin to feel situational, a balancing of concerns. When this happens, we no longer have any firm ethic to stand on. We become an ethical willow in the wind.