augur well for

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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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He had been ill for a year after the experience in Pennsylva- nia, and after his recovery worked as a day laborer in the fields, going timidly about and striving to con- ceal his hands.
From Asylum to Community is an important study in its own right, but it also will set the parameters of scholarship for historians of modern American policy-making for the mentally ill for at least the next decade.
But some may be ill for many years before they finally receive effective treatment or their condition improves for other reasons.
While the county could provide community-based care to the mentally ill for $1,500 to $35,000 a year, the costs of jailing those people run $26,800 a year.
We'll be looking at real housing; safe, decent and affordable,'' said Aronson, who has helped find housing for the mentally ill for 20 years.
People who suffer liver failure because of a sudden illness do much better when they receive a transplant than people who have been ill for a long time.