Definition It doesn't bode well

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Definition

to bode ill (or to not bode well): to not be well received, to look bad, to be a bad sign
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It wouldn't bode well for you to come in late when the potential investors are coming to check out the offices. You could get into trouble with management.

to bode well: to be promising, to look good, to be a good sign
idiom

Examples

  • "Organization of space (for example, in your case, it may bode ill if your bottles of poison are kept on the same shelf as the herbal extracts)."

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