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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Origin unknown

loom

1 verb
     
loom1 [intransitive]
1 [always + adverb/preposition] to appear as a large unclear shape, especially in a threatening way
loom up/out/ahead etc
Suddenly a mountain loomed up in front of them.
2 if a problem or difficulty looms, it is likely to happen very soon:
An economic crisis is looming on the horizon.
3

loom large

to seem important, worrying, and difficult to avoid:
Fear of failure loomed large in his mind.

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