sign of the times


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sign of the times

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

something that signifies the situation evident in the current times. Your neighbor's unmowed grass is just a sign of the times. Nobody really cares any longer.
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a sign of the times

COMMON If you say that something is a sign of the times, you mean that it shows what life is like now. The fact that no aircraft has been built even to match Concorde, is a rather depressing sign of the times. It was a sign of the times that Clare's skinny body was considered the look of the moment. Note: This expression is often used to suggest that life is becoming worse.
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sign of the times

something typical of the nature or quality of a particular period, typically something undesirable.
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(be) a ˌsign of the ˈtimes

something that shows the way the world is changing: Seventy per cent of last year’s graduates are still unemployed — a sign of the times, I’m afraid.
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The changing face of family life is a Sign of the Times as BBC Wales's new documentary strand reveals.
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A series of genre defying albums - from 1985's Around The World In A Day, to 1987's prophetic A Sign of the Times, to 1991's Diamond And Pearls indelibly sealed his reputation as a groundbreaking songwriter and consummate musical performer.
A series of genre defying albums - from 1985's Around The World In A Day, to 1987's prophetic A Sign Of The Times, to 1989's Batman soundtrack to 1991's Diamond And Pearls indelibly cemented his reputation as a fearless pursuer of the musical stratosphere.
GLENDALE - The fallout shelter sign is still up in a hallway at the Glendale courthouse, but call it a sign of the times that the basement shelter now stores files instead of food rations and emergency supplies.
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I just hope that's not a sign of the times,'' said the Rev.
The mobile workforce is quickly becoming a sign of the times," stated Morikazu Sano, vice president of Buffalo Technology.
We felt it necessary to add the 'Overseas Military' section based on the sign of the times," explains Bob Zakrzewski, co-founder of FindGift.
It's definitely a sign of the times," said Marc Naddell, Director of the Global MotoCoder program for Motorola.