be a sign of the times

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be a sign of the times

To be regarded, usually negatively, as emblematic of the current time period. Nobody looks up from their mobile phones anymore. I guess it's a sign of the times.
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be a sign of the times

to be something that shows that society is worse now than it was in the past Young people are so rude these days. It's a sign of the times.
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