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I am thinking there's an expression or an idiom that means something along the line of "This is or might be a bad omen to bad things about to come about." It doesn't have to exactly mean that, but it must be something we can pretty much use in the same context.

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The word “portend”. From Merriam-Webster dictionary:

1: to give an omen or anticipatory sign of

2: INDICATE, SIGNIFY

Examples

The distant thunder portended a storm.

If you're superstitious, a black cat portends trouble.

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  • Red skies at night, a sailor's delight.
  • Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.

These can be called signs.

"He's late for work again. That's a bad sign."

Something is said to be a bad sign.

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