The handwriting on the wall
Handwriting Hand"writ`ing (-r[imac]t"[i^]ng), n. 1. The cast or form of writing peculiar to each hand or person; chirography. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is written by hand; manuscript. [1913 Webster]

{The handwriting on the wall}, a doom pronounced; an omen of disaster. --Dan. v. 5. [1913 Webster]


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  • (the) handwriting on the wall — the ˌhandwriting on the ˈwall idiom (NAmE) = writing on the wall Main entry: ↑handwritingidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • the handwriting on the wall — phrasal Etymology: so called fr. the mysterious handwriting in the Bible that appeared on the wall of Belshazzar s palace to foretell his doom (Dan 5) : a doom foreshadowed : an omen of one s fate usually unpleasant …   Useful english dictionary

  • The writing on the wall — For other uses, see The writing on the wall (disambiguation). Rembrandt s Belshazzar s Feast (1635) captures the scene of fear. (National Gallery, London) The writing on the wall (or the handwriting on the wall or the writing s on the wall or… …   Wikipedia

  • (the) writing on the wall — the likelihood that something bad will happen. Area residents can see the writing on the wall and realize that if they don t cooperate with the police, these crimes will continue. As leaders, they should have seen the handwriting on the wall and… …   New idioms dictionary

  • handwriting\ on\ the\ wall — • writing on the wall • handwriting on the wall n. phr. literary 1. A warning; a message of some urgency. this nuclear plant is about to explode, I think, the chief engineer said. We d better get out of here in a hurry, the handwriting is on the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • handwriting on the wall — {n. phr.} A sign that something bad will happen. * /When Bill s team lost four games in a row, he saw the handwriting on the wall./ * /John s employer had less and less work for him; John could read the handwriting on the wall and looked for… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • handwriting on the wall — {n. phr.} A sign that something bad will happen. * /When Bill s team lost four games in a row, he saw the handwriting on the wall./ * /John s employer had less and less work for him; John could read the handwriting on the wall and looked for… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • handwriting on the wall — see under ↑write • • • Main Entry: ↑hand * * * handwriting (is) on the wall see ↑wall, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑handwriting …   Useful english dictionary

  • handwriting on the wall — a sign that something bad will happen The handwriting is on the wall. Business conditions are bad so probably nobody will get a pay raise this year …   Idioms and examples

  • handwriting on the wall — Synonyms and related words: Friday, Friday the thirteenth, appointed lot, astral influences, astrology, book of fate, constellation, cup, danger sign, destination, destiny, dies funestis, doom, early symptom, end, falling barometer, fatality,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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