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crystal gazing

the practice of staring into a crystal ball, as by a fortuneteller, to see distant happenings, future events, etc.
speculation about the future.
Origin of crystal gazing
Related forms
crystal gazer, noun Unabridged
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  • Certainly, one result of crystal-gazing is to teach one to abjure the verb ‘to forget’ in all its moods and tenses.

    Adventurings in the Psychical H. Addington Bruce
  • crystal-gazing, for keeping children quiet,—nothing beats it!

    Pirate Gold Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • "You are not interested in crystal-gazing, Mr. Gosford," replied my father in a tranquil voice.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • The Greeks had a variety of methods of divination by crystal-gazing.

  • But what is more curious is the new way in which you combined your self-hypnotism with crystal-gazing.

    Tales of Fantasy and Fact Brander Matthews
  • This is especially noticeable in crystal-gazing experiments.

  • I have floated in with the flood and out with the ebb of almost every fad from crystal-gazing to bridge.

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • Forms of crystal-gazing, it is well known, are found among savages.

  • Occultists, as will readily be understood, set great store by crystal-gazing, finding in it positive proof of spirit action.

    Adventurings in the Psychical H. Addington Bruce
  • "Sullivan said my crystal-gazing would be a failure," she smiled.

    The Ghost Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for crystal-gazing

crystal gazing

the act of staring into a crystal globe (crystal ball) supposedly in order to arouse visual perceptions of the future, etc
the act of trying to predict something
Derived Forms
crystal gazer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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