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crystal ball

1. A glass or crystal orb used by fortune tellers and mystics in popular culture to see into the future. The soothsayer, peering into her crystal ball, foretold that I would come to possess a great fortune by the year's end.
2. By extension, any figurative means of predicting future events. She must have some kind of crystal ball for the economy, because every business decision she's made has been timed perfectly to market fluctuations. Well, Mike, what does your crystal ball say about the team's chances in the playoffs?
See also: ball, crystal

crystal ball

A means of predicting the future, as in So what does your crystal ball say about the coming election? The term is a figurative use of the crystal or glass ball used by fortune-tellers. [c. 1900]
See also: ball, crystal

a crystal ball

COMMON You talk about a crystal ball when you are saying how difficult it is to predict the future. What you really need to help you select your new car is a crystal ball to tell you how much it will be worth in three or four years' time. Note: You can call the activity of predicting the future crystal ball gazing. Can I ask you now to do a bit of crystal ball gazing? How high do you think the price of oil could go? Note: A crystal ball is a glass ball used by some traditional fortune-tellers (= people who predict what will happen to you in the future). They say that they can see visions of future events within the ball.
See also: ball, crystal
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Our crystal ball predicts this will be the year of the team player, because divided we strive but together we achieve.
The television set blew up after the beam of light from the crystal ball, valued at around Au20, burned onto its side, creating an explosion that could be heard several streets away.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers of the Crystal Ball and wish all the generous supporters of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation a happy, prosperous and healthy new year.
Both are witches from Dudley with Arianne reading the crystal ball and Draco reading Dragon Runes.
They are then asked to click on the crystal ball displayed on the screen near the chart.
To quote fellow New Jerseyan, Yogi Berra 'It's hard to make a prediction, especially if it's about the future,' and this year, with so many uncertainties surrounding the national economy and the state's office market, the crystal ball seems a bit cloudy.
For a finale, Sano Shimoda will look into his crystal ball to predict the forces and trends that will shape the next decade.
She also uses a crystal ball and will also read tea leaves for a client.
In December, we'll gaze into a crystal ball for glimpses of what may be the most important innovations of the next 50 years.
Using the same methodology of our consensus forecast for sales and profits, we were able to spin the crystal ball hard.
It's just that our collective crystal ball doesn't yet see what they are--short of "new career paths for labor lawyers," Meisinger jokes.
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Those peering into the crystal ball keep coming up with the same general conclusion on what the United States needs to maintain its advantages against the full spectrum of threats.
I looked through my crystal ball to get a glimpse of the American economy 2003, but, unfortunately, clouds of uncertainty obscured my vision.
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