Twist In The Wind Meaning

(idiomatic) To wait for an uncomfortably long period of time.

Example: 1987, William E. Schmidt, "Iran-Contra Hearings," New York Times, 12 Jul. (retrieved 23 Aug. 2008),
  There seemed to be a shared perception of Colonel North as a good and honorable serviceman who had been left to twist in the wind, the scapegoat of an operation gone awry.
2008, Josh Wingrove, "Toronto facing $2-million cleanup bill," Globe and Mail (Canada), 21 Aug.,
  McGuinty just says, "Don't worry, the investigation will be over soon enough, we'll do something in due course," and people are expected to twist in the wind in the meantime.

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