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[fawr-shoh, fohr-] /fɔrˈʃoʊ, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), foreshowed, foreshown, foreshowing.
to show beforehand.
foretell; foreshadow.
Origin of foreshow
before 1000; Middle English forescewen, Old English forescēawian. See fore-, show Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Could it read their gentle lines, and foreshow by any ripple of its own, the destiny of her who looked upon it?

    Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • Tell.Ev'ry day such actions Occur in plenty: needs no sign or wonder To foreshow them.

  • I behold the day-break, I foreshow, that the sun, is about to rise.

  • For all things were done by Thy servants; either to show forth something needful for the present, or to foreshow things to come.

  • Two magpies are sure forerunners of good news; but a single one is supposed to foreshow tidings of the death of a friend.

  • There may have been nothing in her early manifestations of character to foreshow the noble womanhood into which she grew.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War Linus Pierpont Brockett
  • These can manifest unto others, things hidden and lost, and foreshow things to come; and see them as though they were present.

  • Fishes, when they bite more readily, and gambol near the surface of streams or pools, foreshow rain.

  • Kine (cattle) are said to foreshow rain when they lick their fore-feet, or lie on their right side.

British Dictionary definitions for foreshow


verb -shows, -showing, -showed, -shown
(transitive) (archaic) to indicate in advance; foreshadow
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