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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.
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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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High productivity in Alfaro's wells in the Eagle Ford bode well for this oil and gas entrepreneur.
These supply-and-demand factors bode well for the office-building landlord.
Tim Henman was beaten by Nicolas Lapentti last week and that does not bode well, while it may be asking too much of Jan-Michael Gambill, who is making great strides, to make it back-to-back Florida titles after his Delray Beach romp.
Long-lasting, tangible projects and the presence of these Americans can only bode well for future military, political and economic relations with these countries.
Direct-response writers' expansion onto the Internet is a natural move, plays to their competitive strengths and does not bode well for higher-cost agency-based insurers.
The growing mid-story may be a boon to quail and turkeys, but it doesn't bode well for the red-cockaded woodpecker.
What doesn't bode well is the potential for another terrorist attack, the possibility of which seems heightened by the upcoming election.