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read the runes

  (British formal)
to try to guess what is going to happen in the future by examining what is happening now
Usage notes: Runes are letters of an ancient alphabet with secret or magic meaning.
He was the first Eastern European leader to read the runes and make political changes to stay in power.
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Others that have seen an increase are Skill Rune - Divine Well, Skill Rune - Fissure, Skill Rune - Burst.
The E-book version of The Book of Runes is available at all fine E-book purveyors including Kindle for Amazon, iBookstore, Nook for Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Google Books.
But the fewer rune stones there were in the vicinity, the poorer writers the carvers of these non-verbal inscriptions were.
The moment Hildr set aside her broom, the rune chant rose to Old Aud's lips.
the Rune is the longest bike Honda makes, even though it only seats one.
The private Bellona Foundation was formed in 1986, a few months after the nuclear accident at Chornobyl, by environmentalists Frederic Hauge and Rune Haaland, who saw the need for a new, more involved environmental action organization in Norway.
Ani DiFranco's Living in Clip is easily the best of her rune solo albums.
Burgess is a distinguished professional who brings to Rune more than 30 years of experience in the information security sector.
One major change is the Monk's Boon of Protection rune, whose alterations include "amount of damage absorbed is now capped at the amount of healing provided by Mantra of Healing in the first 3 seconds after activation.
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.
Trainer Rune Haugen said: "I know that the racing is a lot tougher than in Norway but Giant Sandman is a serious horse and I think that the seven furlongs at Newmarket will be perfect for him.
SAN FRANCISCO, January 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rune Gustafson, well known in Europe for his considerable experience advising international brands, has been named President of EMEA operations for Prophet (www.
A SPIN-OFF from the much-loved Harvest Moon franchise, Rune Factory's unusual blend of farming, life simulation and dungeon crawling makes for a wonderful and original single-player adventure.
This was stated by the country director ADB Rune Stroem while speaking at the 5th POGEE conference at Karachi Expo Centre here Tuesday.