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see (something) coming

To foresee, predict, or prepare for something well in advance of it actually arriving or happening. I saw this coming: You've been working too hard for too many days in a row not to come down with a really bad flu. Fortunately, we saw this service shutdown coming, so we set up a secondary system for dealing with customer queries in the meantime.
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see it coming

To realize that something is approaching or is about to happen, usually but not always something bad. Can refer to both literal sight and foresight. I can't believe Vanessa broke up with me. I never saw it coming. I think he'll be able to make the catch if he sees it coming. I knew what the punchline was going to be as soon as he started the joke. I could see it coming a mile away.
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see something coming

foresee or be prepared for an event, typically an unpleasant one.
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see something ˈcoming

realize that there is going to be a problem before it happens: We should have seen it coming. There was no way he could keep going under all that pressure. OPPOSITE: not know what hit you
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