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trouble is brewing

There is difficulty, danger, or unrest fermenting or expected to arise in the future. According to many inside the region, trouble is brewing among working-class voters who felt betrayed by the recent legislative change. We sensed that trouble was brewing, so we got out of the bar before the fight broke out.
See also: brew, trouble
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Trouble is brewing.

 and There is trouble brewing.
Fig. Trouble is developing. Trouble's brewing at the office. I have to get there early tomorrow. There is trouble brewing in the government. The prime minister may resign.
See also: brew, trouble
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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