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    The writing is on the wall

    I research what is this idiom's meaning which is "the writing is on the wall" and i just want to make sure that is that the meaning of this idiom which is given below?

    "This is the end of the way and there is nothing you can do. It is already happened."

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    Re: The writing is on the wall

    Quote Originally Posted by jammyfellow View Post
    I research what is have been trying to figure out this idiom's meaning which is "the writing is on the wall", and I just want to make sure that is that the meaning of this idiom which is given below.

    "This is the end of the way, and there is nothing you can do. It is already happened."

    Thank you.
    No, that's not what it means.

    The idiom just means that there are clear signs (as if you can see them written on a wall; you can't miss them) that something bad will happen.

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    Re: The writing is on the wall

    I think there is a certain sense of predestination or inevitability involved. The "writing" is a foretelling.

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    Re: The writing is on the wall

    I usually hear this phrased as 'read the (hand) writing on the wall', which means being able to understand or interpret a warning. There may be some effort involved in interpreting or understanding the true message of the writing.

    It's a reference to the biblical story of King Belshazzar's feast, during which a hand appears in midair, writing a phrase on the palace wall. Neither the King nor his cronies could understand the message, until a man named Daniel interpreted it as a warning prophecy foretelling the destruction and dissolution of the kingdom, which soon (like later that same night) came true.
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