One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used in reference to something that is constantly changing, especially unpredictably.‘whether something is accepted depends upon the shifting sands of taste’
- ‘He built his long-term hopes for the prosperity of the church on the shifting sands of revival rather than the steady development of congregation-based programmes.’
- ‘At a time of great challenge in the world the commander in chief must stand on principle, not on the shifting sands of political convenience.’
- ‘These questions found no purchase on the shifting sands of memory.’
- ‘At the parish level I have experienced firsthand the shifting sands of Anglicanism from covenant to contract.’
- ‘Aside from swings in the economy, the board has to contend with the shifting sands of global politics, a factor in re-shaping the company.’
- ‘The religious history, while provocative, is built on shifting sands.’
- ‘The fate of the City Hospital is nothing new to us across the Atlantic, where market economy dictates the shifting sands of the medical landscape.’
- ‘Clan alliances are built on shifting sands.’
- ‘"That idea is built on the shifting sands of biology," says Sullivan.’
- ‘Any minister required to speak for the government on its most enduring policy dilemma knows he is on shifting sands.’
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