the writing is on the wall

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the writing is on the wall

  (British, American & Australian) also the handwriting is on the wall (American)
if the writing is on the wall for a person or an organization, it is clear that they will fail or be unable to continue (often + for ) The team has lost its last six games and the writing is definitely on the wall for the manager. (British, American & Australian)
See drive up the wall, hit a wall, nail to the wall
See also: on, wall, writing