harbinger of things to come

harbinger of things to come

 and portent of things to come; sign of things to come
a sample of the events that are to occur in the future. The first cuts in our budget are a harbinger of things to come. Today's visit from the auditors is a portent of things to come.
See also: come, of, thing
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Whether it's an accurate harbinger of things to come remains an open question.
Still, overall, Saturn hasn't had a whole lot going for it, with the mainly forgotten L-Series (though in some ways, it was a harbinger of things to come when introduced in 2000), the Ion (saved from the axe recently by $3/gallon gas), and the Relay, vehicles that don't overwhelm in the design and/or engineering categories.
InstaPundit's Glenn Reynolds, who was among the bloggers banging the Rathergate drum loudest, wrote in the pages of The Australian that the episode was "just a harbinger of things to come, not just for Rather and CBS but for traditional left-leaning news operations across the world.
Gorelick's "Manhattan Project" speech, a thinly veiled call for an aggressive Internet surveillance policy, including expanded wiretap provisions and the criminalization of encryption schemes not sanctioned by the government, was a harbinger of things to come.
This is truly the harbinger of things to come on the World Wide Web.
The recent controversy over a sex club in the Silver Lake area is merely a harbinger of things to come.