Meaning of “the shape of things to come” in the English Dictionary

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"the shape of things to come" in British English

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the shape of things to come

the form or style that is likely to develop or be popular in the future:

I hope the fashions pictured in this magazine are not the shape of things to come.

(Definition of “the shape of things to come” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)