bode ill (for something)

bode ill (for something)
bode ˈwell/ˈill (for sb/sth) idiom
(formal) to be a good/bad sign for sb/sth
Syn: augur

These figures do not bode well for the company's future.

The look on her face boded ill for anyone who crossed her path that day.

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  • ill — I UK [ɪl] / US adjective Word forms ill : adjective ill comparative worse superlative worst *** 1) not healthy, because of a medical condition or an injury. The usual American word is sick He s been ill for a couple of weeks. She was too ill to… …   English dictionary

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