Definition of on the horizon in US English:

on the horizon


  • Just imminent or becoming apparent.

    ‘trouble could be on the horizon’
    • ‘But they foresee clouds on the horizon with fears of new taxes and a growing national debt.’
    • ‘Big bucks loomed on the horizon; he would go back home to China a wealthy man.’
    • ‘There are dark clouds on the horizon, but unfortunately they are not carrying rain.’
    • ‘He added there were no major clouds on the horizon and no question of a housing market crash.’
    • ‘Although the immediate signs are encouraging, there are dark clouds on the horizon.’
    • ‘Across the world, conflicts over increasingly scarce water loom large on the horizon.’
    • ‘For economists, even when the sun is shining there's always a cloud on the horizon.’
    • ‘Jack is pleased with himself but there are a few clouds on the horizon.’
    • ‘The only cloud on the horizon has been the news that clinical trials in America may have to be pushed back.’
    • ‘Today, the greatest threat of pandemic yet to appear in modern times is on the horizon.’
    imminent, impending, close, near, approaching, coming, forthcoming, in prospect, at hand, on the way, about to happen, upon us, in the offing, in the pipeline, in the air, in the wind, in the wings, just around the corner
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