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The Writing (is/was) On The Wall - Idiom

Video Overview

The idiom ‘the writing is on the wall' simply means that something is due to fail or no longer exist. This video explains the meaning and use of the idiom 'the writing is on the wall' in English. We explain how to use it with some easy examples to help you learn this idiom so you can use it in Spoken and Business English.

Video Analysis

When ‘the writing is on the wall’, it means there are clear signs that a situation will become difficult or unpleasant. You may have noticed things which strongly suggest that a situation is headed in the wrong direction. This is a very popular idiom and is more commonly used in the workplace.


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