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war cloud

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noun
  1. something that threatens war; a harbinger of conflict.

Origin of war cloud

First recorded in 1820–30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for war cloud

Historical Examples

  • The war-cloud was heavy over Europe, and great was the excitement in Berlin.

    In and Around Berlin

    Minerva Brace Norton

  • The war-cloud had settled on the isthmus of Schleswig-Holstein.

  • A sort of war-cloud again puzzled the sight of the observers.

  • When the war-cloud burst every German was promptly expelled from Antwerp.

    Fighting in Flanders

    E. Alexander Powell

  • When McClellan was on the Peninsula, the shadow of the war-cloud swept past the place.

    The Boys of '61

    Charles Carleton Coffin.


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