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war cloud

something that threatens war; a harbinger of conflict.
Origin of war cloud
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A war-cloud, as large as Kruger's hand, has just risen in the South, and is spreading itself over the whole world.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • The war-cloud had settled on the isthmus of Schleswig-Holstein.

  • A war-cloud over-shadowed the two great divisions of the yellow race.

  • A sort of war-cloud again puzzled the sight of the observers.

    Whilomville Stories Stephen Crane
  • Out from behind this war-cloud rose the thrilling strains of "Hail, Columbia."

    Gentlemen Rovers E. Alexander Powell
  • There would have been one other war-cloud on the distant horizon had it not wisely been dispelled in time.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • When McClellan was on the Peninsula, the shadow of the war-cloud swept past the place.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • It is worth adding that toward the close of this book a war-cloud appears between France and Germany.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • At last the war-cloud, which had been hovering for months over our fair land, burst with a fury that was appalling.

  • After the Austrian war-cloud had melted away, the time had come to punish prophets of evil.

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