spell trouble

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of spell trouble

: to cause problems
  • This decision could spell trouble for all of us.

Word by Word Definitions

spell play
  1. : to read slowly and with difficulty

  2. : to find out by study : come to understand

  3. : to name the letters of in order

  1. : a spoken word or form of words held to have magic power

  2. : a state of enchantment

  3. : a strong compelling influence or attraction

  1. : to put under a spell

  1. : a shift of workers

  2. : one's turn at work

  3. : a period spent in a job or occupation

  1. : to take the place of for a time : relieve

  2. : rest

  3. : to work in turns

trouble play
  1. : the quality or state of being troubled especially mentally

  2. : public unrest or disturbance

  3. : an instance of trouble

  1. : to agitate mentally or spiritually : worry, disturb

  2. : to put to exertion or inconvenience

  3. : to produce physical disorder in : afflict


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