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augur well for

To be a sign of good things to come. An "augur" was an oracle in ancient Rome. This rain does not augur well for our baseball game. Well, that poor performance review does not augur well for a raise.
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augur well for someone or something

to indicate or predict good things for someone or something. (Usually in the negative.) This latest economic message does not augur well for the stock market. I am afraid that this poll data does not augur well for the incumbent in the election.
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augur well for

Also, augur ill for; bode well or ill for . Have good (or bad) expectations for someone or something. For example, John's recovery from surgery augurs well for the team and The Republican victory in the Congressional elections bodes ill for affirmative action. The verb augur is derived from the Latin word for "soothsayer" (predictor of the future), a meaning perpetuated in this phrase and so used since the late 1700s. The verb bode comes from the Old English bodian, meaning "to announce or foretell," and is rarely heard today except in this idiom, which dates from about 1700.
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Mian Nawaz Sharif would also be protesting over the 'attitude' of Aiwan-e-Sadr and a concentrated campaign against PML-N, besides rapid-fire statements of federal and provincial ministers; with specific reference to federal law minister Babar Awan Sources have informed that Mian Nawaz Sharif would home in the gravity of this negative attitude, which could/would augur ill for the reconciliation policy being pursued.
And this will augur ill for the region in general and Iraq in particular.
The imam, during the Friday prayers at al-Kufa mosque in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, demanded "wisdom on the issue of Kirkuk, as related problems augur ill for possible explosive situation at any minute.