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.


Nearby words

  1. lookout mountain,
  2. lookout, cape,
  3. lookup,
  4. looky,
  5. loom,
  6. loom-state,
  7. looming,
  8. loon,
  9. looney,
  10. loonie

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