One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make changes to suit one's new circumstances.
- ‘Briefly, since the hour is late, let us take a quick look at what strikes the Professor as an example of an academic trimming her sails to the wind.’
- ‘In terms of the existing business, the British market - which accounts for 28% of pre-tax profits - is the one most likely to force Goggin to trim his sails.’
- ‘If we are sailors, we will have to trim our sails and put them up.’
- ‘The courts have rightly trimmed his sails on that issue.’
- ‘Whatever you might think of him and his ideas, it can't be said that McClintock trims his sails to match his audience.’
- ‘We're hoping Congress can go on somewhat of a fiscal diet and start trimming their sails and stop spending so much money.’
- ‘Smith has always shown an ability to sense which way the political wind is blowing and has trimmed his sails accordingly.’
- ‘So I've sailed under false colors many a time, trimming my sails to the prevailing winds.’
- ‘And Mr. Welch's singular skill has been taking fat, inefficient corporations and trimming their sails.’
- ‘Yes, sometimes, especially when your job is on the line, you need to trim your sails to the prevailing winds - that's life.’
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