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impending doom
  about to happen
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impending impended impends
Often said of something that is unpleasant or feared.
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  • impending doom
  • his impending retirement
  • ...all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • This speech in itself should have been enough to warn Lord Dawlish of impending doom.
    Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville  --  Uneasy Money

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  • John Ferrier’s heart was sore within him when he thought of the young man’s return, and of the impending loss of his adopted child.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  A Study In Scarlet
  • From this time Felix was more employed, and the heart-moving indications of impending famine disappeared.
    Shelley, Mary  --  Frankenstein
  • ...all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • The indicator lights showed no impending disasters.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • My mind has been so preoccupied with all things Will I haven’t had time to process my impending doom.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • —and felt a flush of impending awkwardness.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • Trying to put a positive spin on my impending demise.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Now it was clear her impending announcement had the focused attention of millions.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I didn’t think they were going to understand my adolescent fascination with the underbelly of society, my involvement in international drug trafficking, or my impending incarceration.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • As the prisoners talked more and more about the details of the Evans’s execution and Wayne Ritter’s impending execution, Myers became more and more distraught.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Maybe she’d had a sixth sense about an impending disaster.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • (This last question Reynie answered with a thoughtful frown, noting in the margin that since the two trains were approaching each other on an empty stretch of track, it was likely the engineers would recognize the impending disaster and apply their brakes, thus avoiding the collision altogether.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The dryness was accompanied by a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach and a nagging sense of impending doom.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Just your way of burying your devastation over my impending absence.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Mike was a divinity student who had dropped out for a year to reflect upon his impending life of spirituality among the hypocritical flocks that would be assigned to him.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • They "played off" (shirked) or played sick when battle impended.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • …and as I did so—the viewfinder of my mind reshaping each crevice of her moist and succulent lips, the orthodontically fashioned perfection of the sparkling incisors, even a cunning fleck of foam at the edge of the orifice—it seemed the dizziest pipe dream that this very evening, sometime before the sun should fulfill its oriental circuit and rise again on Sheepshead Bay, that mouth would be—no, I could not let myself think about that slippery-sweet mouth and its impending employments.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She couldn’t decide which was more terrifying—the impending destruction of New Rome, or the way Octavian was poisoning the legion from the inside.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I stepped back to admire the effect, then looked around for any other diversions that might take my mind off the impending advent of Captain Randall.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "Thank you, Cal," I murmur, still trying to process Maven’s kiss and, of course, my own impending doom.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • I went back and forth with Claire in a numbed state panicked by the impending nearness of Negli’s next stage.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • They say we’re the only species on the planet with the knowledge of our own impending doom.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • But an impending attack requires quick, expert planning.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • But the regiments, both cavalry and infantry, were by no means ready for the impending action.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As the summer wore on, and the windmill neared completion, the rumours of an impending treacherous attack grew stronger and stronger.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • I felt weak and powerless in the knowledge of the impending doom.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • I was no longer crying because of my family or because of my impending death.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • From this time Felix was more employed, and the heart-moving indications of impending famine disappeared.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • A vague feeling of impending misfortune impressed me.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The poor women felt instinctively that they required all their strength to support the blow that impended.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He could hardly grasp the thing—much less try to solve it; but a hundred wild surmises came to him, a sense of impending calamity overwhelmed him.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • If he moved quickly, this impending disaster could be deftly sidestepped.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "It’s still light," I’d suggest, my voice wavering, as my siblings gathered behind her to watch the impending slaughter.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The interest of the impending pursuit not only absorbed the general attention, but even made my sister liberal.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I am conscious myself of a weight at my heart and a feeling of impending danger—ever present danger, which is the more terrible because I am unable to define it.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • As the school year wound down, the junior class and I walked the halls with a sense of impending ownership.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • And the raptor holding pen was rebuilt with electronic sensors to warn of another impending escape.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • When they had eaten they talked about many things: about the heavy rains which were drowning the yams, about the next ancestral feast and about the impending war with the village of Mbaino.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Without hesitation he turned due west, into the glow of the impending sunset.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I couldn’t be mad at him for even a moment, and only now that I loved a grenade did I understand the foolishness of trying to save others from my own impending fragmentation: I couldn’t unlove Augustus Waters.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • I brought some energy to it, of course, but it was the energy that accompanies almost any abstract endeavor; I felt no personal danger; I felt no sense of an impending crisis in my life.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • That’s not a sign of impending megalomania or anything.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The river was confined between high and cragged rocks, one of which impended above the spot where the canoe rested.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He did not know why, but he felt oppressed by the vague sense of impending calamity.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Busy place made much busier by the impending invasion, and things were chaotic from the start.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • He had—huge deli sandwiches, carbs and protein to fend off any impending hangovers.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
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