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loom large (on the horizon)

Cliché to be of great importance, especially when referring to an upcoming problem, danger, or threat. The exams were looming large on the horizon. Eviction was looming large when the tenants could not pay their rent.
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loom out of something

to appear to come out of or penetrate something. A truck suddenly loomed out of the fog and just missed hitting us. A tall building loomed out of the mists.
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loom up

to appear to rise up [from somewhere]; to take form or definition, usually threatening to some degree. A great city loomed up in the distance. It looked threatening in the dusky light. A ghost loomed up, but we paid no attention, since it had to be a joke. The recession loomed up, and the stock market reacted.
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loom large

Appear imminent in a threatening, magnified form. For example, The possibility of civil war loomed large on the horizon, or Martha wanted to take it easy for a week, but the bar exam loomed large. This term employs loom in the sense of "come into view," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
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ˌloom ˈlarge

(of an important problem, event, etc.) approach and seem worrying or frightening: With the local elections looming large, the Conservative party is beginning to look nervous.In your last year of school, public exams loom very large in your mind.
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Guide leader Louise Beale said: "As part of their work towards a Craft Badge, our Guides had an evening looming in the summer term.
The Looming Fog is Rosemary Esehagu's debut novel skillfully depicting the story of an abandoned child whose life-long difficulties are the cause for a deeply horrific isolation and loneliness.
Looming large: Stacey Harvey-Brown (right) shows off her vintage power loom to Creative Network co-ordinator Dorothy Evans
By late afternoon he finds himself back in the mill, spooling the yarn for weaving, tying 710 knots over a course of five hours before the looming process even begins.
Most mills will either concentrate on spinning the wool, or looming, and a typical manufacturer of blankets will have 100 looms in operation; Wight has one loom.
Although Melville constructs Ahab's confrontation in cosmic terms, whereas Wright constructs Bigger's in social terms, Wright mythicizes his narrative through Bigger's experiencing white society as having "the sheer brute energy of the universe," as Mumford had said of Moby Dick; he maintains that "to Bigger and his kind white people were not really people; they were a sort of great natural force, like a stormy sky looming overhead, or like a deep swirling river stretching suddenly at one's feet in the dark" (129).
In his frequent use of the verbal participle looming to describe Bigger's perception of white society's resemblance to an elemental force, Wright obviously evokes Ishmael's apprehension of Moby Dick, the "hooded phantom" that rises "like a snow hill in the hill" (7) at the conclusion of Melville's opening chapter, "Loomings.
Its ability to serve the home textiles industry has been restricted by its 54-inch looming capability.
America's looming skilled labor shortage is predicted to cost the country's largest manufacturers at least $100 million dollars each over the next five years, according to results of a survey commissioned by Advanced Technology Services, Inc.
The looming skilled worker shortage is an unwelcome threat to the nation's manufacturing base that needs to be addressed at multiple levels, from better educating the next generation of factory workers to improving the public's image of plant work," said ATS President Jeffrey Owens.