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read the runes

UK literary
to ​understand what will ​happen in the ​future, by ​looking at what is ​happening now: He was the first of the ​Easternleaders to read the ​runes and make ​politicalchanges to ​stay in ​power.
(Definition of read the runes from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “read the runes”
in Chinese (Simplified) 看清未来的趋势, 掌握未来的态势…
in Chinese (Traditional) 看清未來的趨勢, 掌握未來的態勢…
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