augur well for

augur well for

To be a sign of good things to come. An "augur" was an oracle in ancient Rome. This rain does not augur well for our baseball game. Well, that poor performance review does not augur well for a raise.
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augur well for someone or something

to indicate or predict good things for someone or something. (Usually in the negative.) This latest economic message does not augur well for the stock market. I am afraid that this poll data does not augur well for the incumbent in the election.
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augur well for

Also, augur ill for; bode well or ill for . Have good (or bad) expectations for someone or something. For example, John's recovery from surgery augurs well for the team and The Republican victory in the Congressional elections bodes ill for affirmative action. The verb augur is derived from the Latin word for "soothsayer" (predictor of the future), a meaning perpetuated in this phrase and so used since the late 1700s. The verb bode comes from the Old English bodian, meaning "to announce or foretell," and is rarely heard today except in this idiom, which dates from about 1700.
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The emphasis on the history of thought also seemed to me very timely; and the number of important works promised for the Library in the very near future augur well for the continued fulfilment, in this and other ways, of the expectations of the original editor.
I like to hear you speak thus, and I augur well for Edmond from it.
It does not augur well for our perpetually power-hungry politicians to talk about the supremacy of democracy and the upholding of democratic values when they are unwilling to accept electoral defeats.
1 (ANI): The State Bank of India (SBI) on Thursday said that the growth in the construction sector which was pointed out in the latest estimates by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), will augur well for job creation.
IT doesn't augur well for Britain's future r e l at i o n s h i p with the US that Barack Obama was "too busy" to meet with Tory leader David Cameron.
ISLAMABAD, 24 March , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- The central leader of PML (Q) Hamid Nasir Chattha has said that PML-Qs formula for reconciliation in Punjab did not augur well for PML-N, who rejected it outright.
ISLAMABAD, 24 March , 2009 (Frontier Star) -- The central leader of PML (Q) Hamid Nasir Chattha has said that PML-Q's formula for reconciliation in Punjab did not augur well for PML-N, who rejected it outright.
The trends augur well for the economy of lower Manhattan, Colliers concludes, as all the new activity rids the market of old, vacant commercial space.
That Sunderland, traditionally careful with their money, have hit such hard times does not augur well for the rest of the game.
His defeat to Brian Vahaly in Indian Wells last week and his retirement to Raemon Sluiter in Rotterdam last month do not augur well for his chances.
While the recently implemented long-term care insurance program for federal employees will certainly send a message to the American public about one's personal responsibility to plan for long-term care needs, the short-term implications do not augur well for immediate relief.
It also suggests to this workstation that "the aging of populations" may indeed augur well for the craft of proof-reading; Bill Penn writes from the other side of 80.
The findings augur well for the future of continuous-wear contacts, he says.
He believes that the idea of wholism, which he attributes to Afrocentricity, would augur well for a wholistic interpretation of international politics.
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