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Bellwether State

What Does "Bellwether State" Mean?

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"Bellwether state" is an English idiom. It means "a state in the USA that historically tends to vote for the eventual winner in a presidential election."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "bellwether state" used in a sentence:
  • Many political analysts consider Ohio to be a bellwether state.
  • The candidate is spending a lot of time campaigning in bellwether states.
  • Results from the bellwether state suggest a tight race.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Bellwether State" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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