the writing/handwriting is on the wall

idiom

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.

Examples of the writing/handwriting is on the wall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All the same, some suspect that for this view of quantum mechanics, the writing is on the wall. Philip Ball, Quanta Magazine, 20 Oct. 2022 The erratic president, Alexander Lukashenko, might decide the writing is on the wall and suddenly decide to flee, setting off further repercussions. Foreign Affairs, 24 June 2023 Already, the handwriting is on the wall: This is not going to well for John Durham, the special counsel appointed to investigate the genesis of the FBI’s Trump–Russia probe. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 11 Oct. 2022 For climate scientists, the writing is on the wall as dead bodies surface at one of the nation’s largest reservoirs that serves water to roughly 20 million people. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Sure, no announcement has been made about any potential move by the school, but the handwriting is on the wall. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2023 For two fellow freshmen House Republicans from New York, Nick LaLota and Anthony D’Esposito, the writing is on the wall for Santos. Laura Litvan, Bloomberg.com, 31 Jan. 2023 With high-profile athletes like Rob Gronkowski, Mike Tyson, Al Harrington and Joe Montana attaching their names to cannabis and CBD brands, the writing is on the wall. Harrison Wise, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2021 Republican groups have been quick to jump on Vela’s retirement as proof that the writing is on the wall for the end of a Democratic majority in the House. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2021 See More

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the wounded

the writing/handwriting is on the wall

the wrong end of the stick

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