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loom large

Appear imminent in a threatening, magnified form. For example, The possibility of civil war loomed large on the horizon, or Martha wanted to take it easy for a week, but the bar exam loomed large. This term employs loom in the sense of “come into view,” a usage dating from the late 1500s.
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  • Once more had the gravity of life begun to loom large before him.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • And the ledgers of several publishers will show a loss, due to excessive advertising, on books that loom large in public favor.

  • The horse and man going up under the pine avenue seemed to loom large and vague in the gloom.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • The baby's food must loom large in your plans if he is not breast-fed.

    If Your Baby Must Travel in Wartime United States Department of Labor, Children's Bureau
  • I think I told you once that I felt I was meant to cut a figure—to loom large in the eye of the world.

  • In 1906 something happened which in later years was to loom large in American railroad history.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford

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