beckon/loom

  • Dryan

    Senior Member
    English - Northeastern U.S.
    Something that beckons is generally attractive. It’s trying to lure you in.

    Something that looms is ominous. It’s something big and threatening that might not be avoidable.

    A beckoning test of ties is one that either party might welcome (despite its consequences). A looming test of ties is one which would almost certainly end in detrimental conflict.

    All things are relative.
     
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