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An action or event regarded as likely to have a detrimental or devastating effect on (a situation or person):‘this was going to put the final nail in the coffin of his career’
- ‘The Chancellor's £5bn raid on pension funds drove a nail in the coffin of final-salary pension schemes.’
- ‘But while I am cognizant of the slippery slope, I think it's silly to say that every less-than-ideal action is a nail in the coffin of liberty.’
- ‘Because it is a last chance when you are behind, a nail in the coffin when you are ahead.’
- ‘So can broadband technology, an explosion of choice, and the continued cultural drift toward the short and the visual finally put a nail in the coffin?’
- ‘But today the Government has put a nail in the coffin of any future growth, because this Budget is a no-growth Budget.’
- ‘It could be that the bill is a nail in the coffin of our family structure, or it could be that it is simply a reflection of a change whose time is due.’
- ‘Genetically modified crops could put a nail in the coffin of traditional and organic farming in the area.’
- ‘So if the organisation were to die out with the older generation, would it be a natural death or would it be a nail in the coffin for local democracy and community spirit?’
- ‘She doesn't have any really obsession for writing stories anymore, the virus attack was just a nail in the coffin.’
- ‘The Huntmaster said: ‘It is a nail in the coffin but they have got a few more to get in yet before we are gone completely.’’
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