One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Severely harm (something that is already in a poor state)‘companies will be pushed to the brink, driving another nail in the coffin of British manufacturing’
damage, be detrimental to, be prejudicial to, be disadvantageous to, injure, harm, hurt, mar, spoil, impair, undermine, be deleterious to, hinder, compromise, drive a nail into the coffin ofView synonyms
- ‘This decision has driven a nail into the coffin of Jewish identity in Israel.’
- ‘Germany drives another nail into the coffin of the Euro.’
- ‘Worsening crime in San Miguel will drive a nail further into its coffin.’
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