bad omen

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bad omen

A sign, either real or imagined, of ill fortune or catastrophe in the future. It was a bad omen when my girlfriend broke up with me the day before my final exams. All of the recent natural disasters are a bad omen for the future of the planet.
See also: bad, omen
References in classic literature ?
Then Dorian looked at Lord Henry and said, with a heavy sigh, "It is a bad omen, Harry, a very bad omen."
"If I was superstitious, I should think that horrid darkness a bad omen for the future.
Don't look away from me to that cloven tree; it is a bad omen."
They were both overturned in a stage-coach the other day (a bad omen anywhere else, where overturns are not so common), and his head, which bears the marks of a recent wound, is bound up still.
[1] Among the Zulus it is a very bad omen for a dog to climb the roof
I had thought I should have been allowed at least 3 days to prepare; but it is a bad omen to commence any career by hesitation, so I just stepped to the professor's desk near which we stood, and faced the circle of my pupils.
Julie trembled at this request, which seemed to her of bad omen. Why did her father ask for this key which she always kept, and which was only taken from her in childhood as a punishment?
The heroe of this great history appears with very bad omens. A little tale of so LOW a kind that some may think it not worth their notice.
"Ah, my friend!" cried Porthos, "like the crows, you always bring bad omens. Who could intercept us on such a night as this, pitch dark, when one does not see more than twenty yards before one?"
During the previous census, many people were deprived of benefits because they were hidden by superstitious parents who considered them a bad omen.
US jobs growth, as expected, slowed in July but the average workweek fell to its lowest level in nearly two years, a potentially bad omen for the economy which, together with the escalation in US/China trade tensions, might lead the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates again next month.
Zarate said China's act is a "bad omen" and might signal the arms race in the region.
In a country already caught up in a menace of circular debt and external debt servicing, any trade deficit due to imbalance in its imports and exports is always a bad omen.
Meanwhile, other users are worried because they speculated that the cloud formation could be a bad omen. "And ganda.