handwriting

[ hand-rahy-ting ]
/ ˈhændˌraɪ tɪŋ /

noun

writing done with a pen or pencil in the hand; script.
a style or manner of writing by hand, especially that which characterizes a particular person; penmanship: an eccentric handwriting.
a handwritten document; manuscript.

Idioms

    handwriting on the wall, a premonition, portent, or clear indication, especially of failure or disaster: The company had ignored the handwriting on the wall and was plunged into bankruptcy.Also writing on the wall.

Origin of handwriting

1375–1425; late Middle English hand writyng; see hand + writing
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British Dictionary definitions for handwriting on the wall

handwriting

/ (ˈhændˌraɪtɪŋ) /

noun

writing by hand rather than by typing or printing
a person's characteristic writing stylethat signature is in my handwriting

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Idioms and Phrases with handwriting on the wall

handwriting on the wall

Also, writing on the wall. A warning or presentiment of danger, as in The company was losing money, and seeing the handwriting on the wall, she started to look for another job. This expression comes from the Bible (Daniel 5:5–31), in which the prophet interprets some mysterious writing that a disembodied hand has inscribed on the palace wall, telling King Belshazzar that he will be overthrown.


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