harbinger of things to come

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harbinger of things to come

 and portent of things to come; sign of things to come
a sample of the events that are to occur in the future. The first cuts in our budget are a harbinger of things to come. Today's visit from the auditors is a portent of things to come.
See also: come, of, thing
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In front of a backdrop of placards that read ``Stop Corporate Greed,'' members of Locals 13, 63, and 94 stood and clapped as Local 13 President Joe Donato decried the lockout as a sign of things to come.