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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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References in classic literature ?
But that in the end these visits had become a habit and almost a necessity for him, so that he was positively distressed when she was ill for some days and could not visit him.
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.