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verb[NO OBJECT]bode well/ill
Be a portent of a particular outcome:‘their argument did not bode well for the future’[with object] ‘the 12 per cent interest rate bodes dark days ahead for retailers’
augur, presage, portend, foretell, prophesy, predictforebode, foreshadow, herald, be an omen of, warn ofindicate, signify, be a sign of, purport, point to, threaten, promise, spell, meanbetoken, foretoken, adumbrateView synonyms
- ‘It has a corporate feel to it that doesn't bode well for quality.’
- ‘His stage presence and his command of the text bode well for an acting career should he choose to pursue that direction.’
- ‘Losing larger Scottish companies at the recent rate does not bode well for the next rung down the ladder.’
- ‘Dench and others believe the future doesn't bode well for health care consumers.’
- ‘Not only does this seem unfair, but the tendency of the public school boy to underperform at university does not bode well for Oxford.’
- ‘This shirking of my writing does not bode well for my prospects when I get a ‘real’ job.’
- ‘It certainly does not bode well for the originator of the report should his or her identity be discovered.’
- ‘Some observers say this does not bode well for next year's presidential elections.’
- ‘Most likely not, but it does bode well for a lot of smaller pictures to gain some much needed attention.’
- ‘The player has passed through four rugby league teams in a professional career that has lasted just six years, which does not bode well.’
- ‘This consideration does not bode well for the vitality of the art community.’
- ‘That would bode well for businesses should the court consider the issue again.’
- ‘While there are risks with such little home equity, this does bode well for their financial futures.’
- ‘This internalised focus does not, however, bode well for future economic development of the community.’
- ‘I have a feeling this might not bode well for the costume parade in our little park on Sunday.’
- ‘This did not bode well at the time, and subsequent events have not been happy.’
- ‘And reports this week that he has taken charge of deciding transfer targets do not bode well for McCall.’
- ‘Both are key inflation readings which bode well for interest rates and the economy.’
- ‘A number of key social trends emerged in the latest Census data which don't bode well for the region.’
- ‘I'm a firm believer that too much time on your own doesn't bode well.’
Old English bodian ‘proclaim, foretell’, from boda ‘messenger’, of Germanic origin; related to German Bote, also to bid.
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