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if something bad or unpleasant threatens, it is likely to happen or to affect you
if you are heading or headed for something, it is likely to happen to you soon
if something lies ahead, it is going to happen to you in the future
if something unpleasant or difficult looms, it seems likely to happen soon
used for saying that something very bad is likely to develop from a particular situation
if something unpleasant is lying in wait for you, it is going to happen to you
if something lies ahead, especially something difficult or unpleasant, it is going to happen in the future and you will have to deal with it
if something lurks, it is likely to threaten, harm, or upset you
to be certain to happen
used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …
said in a way that is intended to make someone feel stupid or bad
the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives
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