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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