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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
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for crystal-ball

crystal ball

the glass globe used in crystal gazing
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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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