see/read the writing/handwriting on the wall

Definition of see/read the writing/handwriting on the wall

  1. :  to be aware that something bad will probably happen soon No one told him he was going to be fired, but he could see the writing on the wall.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to perceive by the eye

    :  to perceive or detect as if by sight

    :  to have experience of :  undergo

  1. :  cathedra

    :  a cathedral town

    :  a seat of a bishop's office, power, or authority

readplay
  1. :  to receive or take in the sense of (letters, symbols, etc.) especially by sight or touch

    :  to study the movements of with mental formulation of the communication expressed

    :  to utter aloud the printed or written words of

  1. :  instructed by or informed through reading

  1. :  a period of reading

    :  something (such as a book) that is read

    :  the action or an instance of reading

writingplay
  1. :  the act or process of one who writes: such as

    :  the act or art of forming visible letters or characters

    :  handwriting

handwritingplay
  1. :  writing done by hand

    :  the form of writing peculiar to a particular person

    :  something written by hand

wallplay
  1. :  a masonry fence around a garden, park, or estate

    :  a structure that serves to hold back pressure (as of water or sliding earth)

    :  one of the sides of a room or building connecting floor and ceiling or foundation and roof

  1. :  to provide, cover with, or surround with or as if with a wall

    :  to separate by or as if by a wall

    :  immure

  1. :  to roll in a dramatic manner

    :  to roll (one's eyes) in a dramatic manner


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