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read the runes

To analyze current trends to predict what will happen in the future, likened to fortune telling. In this phrase, "runes" are esoteric, letter-like symbols associated with magic. Primarily heard in UK. All the social media companies are trying to read the runes to see what the next big thing will be, but most trends are impossible to predict.
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read the runes

BRITISH, LITERARY
If you read the runes, you decide what is likely to happen in the future by considering what is happening now. Back in 1989, he was the first of the east European leaders to read the runes and make the jump from communism to nationalism. Note: Runes were an alphabet used in northern Europe until medieval times. The letters were often thought to have magical properties.
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read the runes

try to forecast the outcome of a situation by analysing all the significant factors involved. British
The runes were an ancient Germanic alphabet once used in northern Europe, each character of which was supposed to have a secret magical significance. Small stones and pieces of bone engraved with these characters were used to try to foretell the future.
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Officiating at the service were the Reverend Canon Janet Chapman of Birmingham Cathedral and the Reverend Anders Rune, vicar of the Swedish Church in London.
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This was stated by the country director ADB Rune Stroem while speaking at the 5th POGEE conference at Karachi Expo Centre here Tuesday.