the writing/handwriting is on the wall

Definition of the writing/handwriting is on the wall

  1. —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

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

    :  the act or art of forming visible letters or characters

    :  handwriting

  1. :  writing done by hand

    :  the form of writing peculiar to a particular person

    :  something written by hand

  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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to criticize severely

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