WORD OF THE DAY
A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.
A forerunner of something.
Warm weather is the harbinger of spring.
Oil prices are seen as an indication of current inflation, and gold prices a harbinger of future inflation.
Everyone knows the groundhog is the harbinger of a change in seasons.
When the two enemies called a truce, everyone saw this action as a harbinger in their relationship.
Pronunciation – http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/harbinger
IDIOM/PHRASE OF THE DAY
To talk to someone;to confer with someone briefly.
To talk to someone in order to find out how they are or what they think about something.
I need to touch base with John on this matter.
I’ll touch base with him later today to tell him about the meeting.
I had a really good time in Paris. I touched base with some old friends and made a few new ones.