cloud on the horizon

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cloud on the horizon

An omen that something bad or problematic will happen in the near future. Financial analysts believe that the sudden drop in oil prices points to a cloud on the horizon for the national economy.
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a (small) cloud on the hoˈrizon

a sign of trouble or difficulty to come: Although we are making good profits there is one cloud on the horizon — the government may increase taxes.
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Although the clouds on the horizon are roughly 50 times farther away than those overhead, their geometric regularity, physical uniformity, and altitude allow foreshortening to fool us into thinking that the cloud horizon is closer than it is--only six times farther than the zenith, according to Young's calculations.
If you see mostly clouds on the horizon, email me at hal_glatzer@wwpi.