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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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Citing a study by the University of Chicago and National Bureau of Economic Research, a group called Americans for Tax Reform warns that new schemes to impose sales tax collection to e-commerce could cause the market to shrink significantly, spelling trouble for many online ventures.