The boss became increasingly frustrated with her employee’s work. Even though the employee was reprimanded, he ignored the writing on the wall and was soon fired.
Other ways you might hear or read this idiom:
*the handwriting on the wall <-used as a noun phrase
*The (hand)writing is/was on the wall. <– used as a complete sentence
If you walked into a room to see writing on one of the walls…it would be pretty easy to read, right? That gives you a big hint as to the meaning of this week’s idiom: the writing on the wall.
If you guessed:
- something that is clearly going to happen
- a premonition (a strong feeling) of something happening
- something bad or unfortunate is going to happen
Then you guessed right!
Try and use this idiom in conversation this week! Questions or comments? Let me know!
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