See something coming - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
see something coming
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.
see something coming foresee or be prepared for an event, typically an unpleasant one.
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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Then just when them feel things couldn't get any worse, them see something coming
towards them on the water.