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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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Meanwhile, a trip to a local climbing centre nearly spells disaster for model Riah.
In my experience, having a baby that only one of you really wants spells disaster for a relationship.
Jurassic Park Sky Greats, 8pm Advances in science have allowed the creation of an island of living dinosaurs, but during a tour, a power failure spells disaster. Adventure, starring Sam Neill.
But with the international climate turning more sour and favorable to hardline solutions, it is hard to imagine Ahmadinejad backing down especially since Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues to make provocative statements prompting Ahmadinejad to do so even it spells disaster to Iran, Noureddin said.
ONE point out of a possible 24 on the road spells disaster for Neath in only their second season in the Welsh Premier.
He's made it quite clear that anything less than a Champions League spot spells disaster for Gerard Houllier's long-term future at LFC.
A brain unable to cool off an overexerted body on a jam-packed dance floor spells disaster. "The body sweats and the extreme loss of water causes dehydration," says Dr.
There are times when tryin' too hard spells disaster. The pilot didn't fly the briefed pattern, didn't set the proper altitude warning cues, and pressed on when an abort mighta been the better option.
It calls for audience participation, which often spells disaster, but this choreography succeeds.
History has shown that messing around with storylines and much-loved characters usually spells disaster and sees a dramatic fall in viewers.
"It is a pattern that, if it continues, spells disaster for the future of the Irish economy and the prospects of the 77,000 Irish students who have applied for college places this year."
Everything Gordon Brown touches spells disaster for the nation, even when he tells the truth, no-one believes him.
If it continues to grow, it spells disaster for our society.
Put that together with the incompetence and fatigue which has characterised the governance of Wales under Rhodri Morgan and you have a debilitating cocktail which spells disaster.
My Family UK Gold, 9.40pm The last thing a teenager wants is for one of their parents to interfere in their relationships with classmates and teachers, but for poor Michael, 'help' from his infuriating father is more than just embarrassing - it spells disaster. His only hope is his sharptongued mum.