spell trouble

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spell trouble

To foreshadow future problems. I'm worried that these dark clouds spell trouble for our day on the golf course. Police know very well that large crowds can spell trouble.
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spell trouble

to signify future trouble; to mean trouble. This letter that came today spells trouble. The sky looks angry and dark. That spells trouble.
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The stock has spelled trouble for its investors after it plunged by more than 10 percent as poll results were declared.
Ambitious pounds 125 million development scheme for Birmingham CIty University Page 4 How the end of the drought has spelled trouble for some Midland farmers Pages 6-7 The man who gave up career as an MP to run for mayor on life following the no vote Page 10 Businesses could cash in on Olympic and Diamond Jubilee merchandise boom Page 13 Lord Digby Jones lashes out at treatment handed to 'Fred the Shred' Page 15 Spaghetti Junction turns 40 - new pictures of the huge construction process Page 27 LETTERS PAGES 28-29 NEIL ELKES PAGE 30 RICHARD McCOMB PAGE 31 BUSINESS VIEW PAGE 32 LEGAL PAGE 38 FINANCE PAGE 39 PERSONAL FINANCE PAGE 40 CREATIVE PAGE 41 THRIVE PAGES 42-43 SPORT PAGES 50-56
Three defeats in four Magners League games had put new Leinster coach Joe Schmidt under immediate pressure, and the visit of Munster to Dublin spelled trouble. But Leinster's defence stood up to the early Munster barrage to dominate and take the spoils.
The Posh wannabe suggested she moisturise his back - but Brian knew the tempting offer spelled trouble.
Nick Hodges grew up an orphan in his uncle's care in a small town and has always spelled trouble, but when he begins to be sighted miles from where he's at, and faces incrimination for a series of incidents not his fault, Nick decides to investigate why he's being built up to be a scapegoat--with frightening results.
The dual definition could have spelled trouble, for it complicates her thesis and risks conflating such widely different actions as appearing as an individual in court and buying groceries in a shop around the corner.
Fergie has always been one of the most honest of the royals, which has spelled trouble for her.
It all could have spelled trouble for desktop users by way of turning the drive/host connection into a system performance bottleneck.