a sign of the times
Definition of a sign of the times
: something that shows the kinds of things that are happening, popular, important, etc., in a culture at a particular period in history Having metal detectors in schools is a sign of the times.
Word by Word Definitions
: a motion or gesture by which a thought is expressed or a command or wish made known
: a fundamental linguistic unit that designates an object or relation or has a purely syntactic function
: to place a sign on or mark by signs
: to represent or indicate by a sign
: multiplied by
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