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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘"That idea is built on the shifting sands of biology," says Sullivan.’
- ‘The religious history, while provocative, is built on shifting sands.’
- ‘These questions found no purchase on the shifting sands of memory.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘At the parish level I have experienced firsthand the shifting sands of Anglicanism from covenant to contract.’
- ‘Clan alliances are built on shifting sands.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Any minister required to speak for the government on its most enduring policy dilemma knows he is on shifting sands.’
- ‘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.’
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