handwriting on the wall
phrasal an omen of one's unpleasant fate

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  • 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 — • 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 — 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

  • handwriting on the wall — noun A divine prediction or sentence to fate …   Wiktionary

  • handwriting on the wall — clear sign, omen, something that is an obvious symbol …   English contemporary dictionary

  • handwriting on the wall — idi a premonition, portent, or clear indication, esp. of failure or disaster …   From formal English to slang

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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