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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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References in classic literature ?
I have always believed in the principle of watching closely the various signs of the times, and I may say that I came to the conclusion that a combination of the thinking members of the aristocratic party throughout the world was an excellent idea.
Hunermann's essays in this volume, however, remain relevant, for they grapple with important questions of how to understand the development of doctrine, interpret the sensus fidelium, and read the signs of the times.
Regarding the snippet in the August Signs of the Times ("Text change"), I have several concerns about the changes in the people's parts of the Mass that have been presented to us in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York:
Taylor's new book examines the origin and self-identity of the Primitive Baptists by examining the writings from three major periodicals, The Primitive Baptist, Signs of the Times, and The Christian Doctrinal Advocate and Spiritual Monitor.
Jesus admonished us to recognize the signs of the times.
A sure indicator of the signs of the times is Metropolitan Home's Design 100.
Tonna, Benjamin, The Sign of the Civilisation of Love: Report on the Signs of the Times 2000.
As a result of residents' suggestions via phone calls, letters and e-mail over the last three months, city officials included in the time capsule such signs of the times as a Pokemon key chain, Palm Pilot electronic organizer, wireless phone, pager and 1999 Women's World Cup Soccer doll - a Mattel product that ``kicks and throws like Mia Hamm,'' according to its box.
Harris Sign Group, now Coventry's largest signmaker, has been formed by a merger of Signs of the Times and Harris Signs.
Gathered under the name of the bishop of Talca who helped found the Conference of Latin American Bishops (CELAM), the scholars of the Centro Teologico Manuel Larrafn seek to collaborate with the church in discerning the signs of the times and in establishing and deepening a dialogue between faith and culture.
In the December 2002 issue on pages 15 and 14, 1 wish to point out two mistakes in my article "Three signs of the times.
It is true that he is seen very much as a representative of the conservatives who are opposed to what they view as the modern zeitgeist ("spirit of the times") and often seem to forget that the Second Vatican Council valued highly the signs of the times.
There are two signs of the times that tell us we must become more evangelistic.