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noun [countable]     omen pronunciation in British English
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  1. a sign that you believe shows whether good or bad things will happen in the future

    I hope the sunshine is an omen of what’s to come.

    bad/good omen:

    He was convinced that losing his bag was a bad omen.

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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