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    Post ill-wind

    Hello,

    In the text bellow, what does "ill-wind" mean?

    I spoke to Shelly earlier, he wants her at the tables. The floorman nods, walks off. Bernie makes for the rowdy gaming tables. Takes his time about it. His approach brings an ill-wind to the area. The players appear to sense it. It's in their reactions. A slight hesitation of the dice. Fingers tensing over a pile of chips.

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    Re: ill-wind

    It's an unusual usage. The term 'ill wind' normally occurs only in the proverb 'It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good' - everything brings something good to someone. To use another meteorological idiom, 'Every cloud has a silver lining'.

    In this case the 'ill wind' doesn't have any good effects; it just means 'malaise', or 'feeling of uneasiness'.

    b

    PS Also, I don't see why the author used a hyphen.
    Last edited by BobK; 26-Feb-2009 at 13:49. Reason: Added PS


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    Re: ill-wind

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's an unusual usage. The term 'ill wind' normally occurs only in the proverb 'It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good' - everything brings something good to someone. To use another meteorological idiom, 'Every cloud has a silver lining'. Just remember that every silver lining has a dark cloud.


    b

    PS Also, I don't see why the author used a hyphen.
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