Meaning of “war clouds are gathering” in the English Dictionary


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war clouds are gathering

also clouds of war are gathering literary

If you say that war clouds are gathering over a particular country, you mean that a war seems increasingly likely there:

It was the 1930s and war clouds were gathering on the horizon in Europe.

(Definition of “war clouds are gathering” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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