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trim one's sails (to the wind)

Definition of trim one's sails to the wind in English:

Make changes to suit one’s new circumstances.
Example sentences
  • And Mr. Welch's singular skill has been taking fat, inefficient corporations and trimming their sails.
  • We're hoping Congress can go on somewhat of a fiscal diet and start trimming their sails and stop spending so much money.
  • So I've sailed under false colors many a time, trimming my sails to the prevailing winds.
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