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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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IT doesn't augur well for Britain's future r e l at i o n s h i p with the US that Barack Obama was "too busy" to meet with Tory leader David Cameron.
New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Hours after External Affair Minister S M Krishna said repeated attacks on Indians in Australia did not augur well for bilateral relations between the two countries.
ISLAMABAD, 24 March , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- The central leader of PML (Q) Hamid Nasir Chattha has said that PML-Qs formula for reconciliation in Punjab did not augur well for PML-N, who rejected it outright.
ISLAMABAD, 24 March , 2009 (Frontier Star) -- The central leader of PML (Q) Hamid Nasir Chattha has said that PML-Q's formula for reconciliation in Punjab did not augur well for PML-N, who rejected it outright.
The trends augur well for the economy of lower Manhattan, Colliers concludes, as all the new activity rids the market of old, vacant commercial space.
His defeat to Brian Vahaly in Indian Wells last week and his retirement to Raemon Sluiter in Rotterdam last month do not augur well for his chances.
While the recently implemented long-term care insurance program for federal employees will certainly send a message to the American public about one's personal responsibility to plan for long-term care needs, the short-term implications do not augur well for immediate relief.
Those efforts augur well for the Easterby youngsters and ON THE BRINK and TUMBLING SAND are among the most forward at Great Habton.
It also suggests to this workstation that "the aging of populations" may indeed augur well for the craft of proof-reading; Bill Penn writes from the other side of 80.
Although the youngsters are not yet old enough to play in a competitive league, last term they tackled teams from a similar age group and their results were impressive and augur well for the years to come.
The findings augur well for the future of continuous-wear contacts, he says.
He believes that the idea of wholism, which he attributes to Afrocentricity, would augur well for a wholistic interpretation of international politics.
Meanwhile, the supply-and-demand economics created by utility deregulation augur well for coal: As the price for electricity goes down and commercial and residential customers increase their usage as a result, utilities should buy more coal - 30 percent more, by Vyas' reckoning.
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She" pointed out also that while the tremendous overbuilding of the 70s and 80s precipitated the real estate recession of the early 90's, today's low yacancy rates augur well for the present market.