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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.
To remain firm or resolute; to refuse to yield. Our toddler usually bids defiance to any mention of bedtime.
To seem probable or likely. Her grades are good enough that she bids fair to get into that excellent high school.
bide a wee
To stay for a short period of time. Primarily heard in Scotland. You can't leave already—I haven't seen you in so long! At least bide a wee.
bide by (something)
To obey something, usually an established rule. A variant of "abide by." Primarily heard in Scotland. Because Donna refuses to bide by her parents' rules, I worry that she'll be told to move out of their house.
bode ill for (someone or something)
To seem indicative of a negative outcome. Rainy weather bodes ill for our flight leaving on time. Being late to a job interview bodes ill for you getting hired.
bode well for (someone or something)
To seem indicative of a favorable outcome. This phrase is often used in the negative to suggest the opposite. Sunny weather bodes well for our flight leaving on time. Being late to a job interview does not bode well for you getting hired.
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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.
bode somehow for someone or something
to foretell or portend fortune or misfortune for someone or something. (Typically with ill or well.) Things do not bode well for the stock market. Things do not bode well for your future at this job.
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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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
bode ˈwell/ˈill (for somebody/something)(formal) be a good/bad sign for somebody/something: These figures do not bode well for the company’s future.
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To refuse to submit; offer resistance to.
To appear likely.
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