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spell disaster

To indicate, contribute to, or display signs of an impending and severe failure or disaster. The senator's refusal to negotiate spells disaster for the chances of the legislation to pass through both houses of congress. The sudden shortage of precious metals necessary to manufacture the computer chips spelled disaster for the fledgling tech company.
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spell disaster Fig.

to indicate or predict disaster. What a horrible plan! It would spell disaster for all of us!
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He risks losing HALF the region's New Labour vote if he orders troops into action without the full backing of the UN Security Council - spelling disaster at the polls.
In a landmark ruling spelling disaster for the Government a judge in New Zealand refused the Defence Ministry's bid to ban the ex-commando's book, Soldier Five.