on the horizon


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on the horizon

 
1. Lit. appearing at the boundary between the earth and the sky. There is a storm on the horizon.
2. Fig. soon to happen. Do you know what's on the horizon? There is some excitement on the horizon, but I can't tell you about it.
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on the horizon

likely to happen or appear soon There are no new drugs on the horizon to treat this disease.
Related vocabulary: a cloud on the horizon
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of horizon (the place in the distance where the earth and sky seem to meet)
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on the horizon

something that is on the horizon is likely to happen soon There is no new drug on the horizon that will make this disease easier to treat.
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on the horizon

Within view, not too far away, as in The analysts see a huge rise in the stock market on the horizon.
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References in classic literature ?
When I was in Spaceland I heard that your sailors have very similar experiences while they traverse your seas and discern some distant island or coast lying on the horizon.
D'Artagnan, aware of the consequences of a fall, which would result in a cold bath, allowed him to go as he liked, contenting himself with looking at, on the horizon, three rocks, that rose up like lance-blades from the bosom of the plain, destitute of verdure.
A dense grove of calmadores was descried on the horizon, about three miles away, on the north of the prairie.
When the head of it had reached the base of the mountains, the rear was not yet visible on the horizon.
At his feet, some chickens were searching the thickets and pecking, enamelled beetles ran about in the sun; overhead, some groups of dappled gray clouds were floating across the blue sky; on the horizon, the spire of the Abbey Saint-Victor pierced the ridge of the hill with its slate obelisk; and the miller of the Copeaue hillock was whistling as he watched the laborious wings of his mill turning.
The moon was entering her first quarter, and her insufficient light would soon die out in the mist on the horizon.
No, no, my friend," interrupted Athos, "I will never quit Raoul till the day his vessel disappears on the horizon.