a sign of the times

noun phrase

Definition of a sign of the times

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

take (something) as a sign

idiom

Definition of take (something) as a sign (Entry 2 of 2)

: to believe that something (such as an action or event) shows that something else exists, is true, or will happen When it started to rain, we took it as a sign that we should go home.

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