the writing | handwriting is on the wall
Meaning: If the writing is on the wall, or the handwriting is on the wall, there are signs that a person or organization is in trouble and might soon fail.
- The writing has been on the wall for this government ever since the street protests and demonstrations against it first began.
- Their old quarterback was occasionally dropped from the team early in the season, so the handwriting was on the wall even then.
The writing had been on the wall for a few months, so no-one was surprised when the restaurant