the writing/handwriting is on the wall

Definition of the writing/handwriting is on the wall

used to say that it is clear that something bad will probably happen soon
  • I haven't lost my job yet, but the writing is on the wall: my company just laid off 50 more people today.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : the act or art of forming visible letters or characters

  3. : the act or practice of literary or musical composition

handwriting play
  1. : writing done by hand

  2. : something written by hand

wall play
  1. : a high thick masonry structure forming a long rampart or an enclosure chiefly for defense

  2. : a masonry fence around a garden, park, or estate

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

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

  2. : to separate by or as if by a wall

  3. : immure

  1. : to roll in a dramatic manner

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


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