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crystal ball

a ball of clear crystal, glass, or the like, used in crystal gazing.
a method or means of predicting the future.
Origin of crystal ball
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In front of her stood a small table upon which rested a crystal ball.

    Telepathy W. W. Baggally
  • The hypnotist uses a crystal ball and chain for this experiment.

  • Now, concentrate and fix your gaze on the ring, crystal ball, or locket.

  • She had a magnifying-glass on one side of her and a crystal ball on the other.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson
  • The eyes, fixed upon the crystal ball, were turned away from her.

    The Crystal Ball Roy J. Snell
  • At that instant her attention was caught and held by that crystal ball.

    The Crystal Ball Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for crystal ball

crystal ball

the glass globe used in crystal gazing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with crystal ball

crystal ball

A means of predicting the future, as in So what does your crystal ball say about the coming election? The term is a figurative use of the crystal or glass ball used by fortune-tellers. [ c. 1900 ]
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