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noun as in leader

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From 1980 to 2012, for instance, these bellwether counties consistently voted within a few points of the national popular vote.

State and local initiatives are typically bellwethers, with successful ones serving as models for other states.

Iowa has been a bellwether state in recent presidential elections.

From Vox

Historically, jobs reports released shortly before the election have been reasonable bellwethers for how the incumbent party will do, although the last jobs report of the cycle isn’t necessarily the most reliable.

Nike is a bellwether for a sector that’s been outperforming during the pandemic.

From Fortune

When does a local education fight become a national bellwether?

The Old Dominion is now a national bellwether, and the GOP is looking like anything but a national party.

Yet, the reality is that Cuccinelli lags, and that Virginia is now an electoral bellwether.

Brad Plumer notes that Walmart sales are often a bellwether for the rest of the economy.

So Ohio is more than just a bellwether; it could decide the election.

A Galilean said, "When the shepherd is angry with his flock, he appoints for its leader a blind bellwether."

And what is the use of arguing with sheep who are leaping after the bellwether?

But take a sheep flock now—the bellwether is jest a nice gentle old castrate thet'll do jest whut the sheepherder wants.

One bellwether will carry a whole flock after it, but I fear not that any will want to hold back.

If I done something against the regulations, would you have to report me to Captain Bellwether?


On this page you'll find 11 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to bellwether, such as: doyen, forerunner, guide, lead, and sheep.

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