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I couldn't see any sign of progress.
Ann took his silence as a sign of rejection.
She began tapping her foot, a sure sign of annoyance.
There were few signs of an upturn in the economy.
He had somehow missed the signs that she was upset.
Interest rates show no sign of falling.
The fact that he phoned you is a good sign.
Looking back now, I realize I failed to spot the warning signs.
Recent job losses are probably a sign of things to come.
a flashing neon sign
The store had a "closed" sign in the window.
Turn right and follow the signs to the zoo.
Several people were ignoring the no-smoking sign.
Marcie winked, our sign to each other to remain silent.
This is the American English definition of sign. View British English definition of sign.
dirty and sometimes untidy or smelling bad
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