Definition of death blow in English:

death blow

noun

  • 1An impact or stroke that causes death.

    • ‘They included the heroic Lord Francis Villiers who, knocked off his horse, continued fighting with his back against a tree until receiving his death blow.’
    • ‘But as they all crowded in to see the dead man on the ground, they noticed several shots riddling his body, Cecil's being the death blow.’
    • ‘It is the smile of a cat who has cornered its prey and is enjoying the fear of the mouse before the death blow.’
    • ‘Darkshin got into position to deliver another death blow…’
    • ‘Lucian crumpled to the floor just as Rain dealt her death blow.’
    • ‘He was laid low ‘by some of the enemy concealed in a room in the palace’ - only a group of men, hiding in a cowardly fashion, could have given the death blow to such a man!’
    • ‘He charged at the other with his weapon ready to deliver a death blow.’
    • ‘He raised his sword, ready to plunge the death blow and end all of our miseries.’
    • ‘But he was gone as fast as he delivered the death blow to his opponent.’
    • ‘With that stone the brute had tried to strike the death blow.’
    • ‘In the final battle in Cornwall he is slain by Arthur but deals the king his death blow.’
    • ‘The theme moves slower and slower as more arrows pierce Boromir, and comes to a halt as his enemy approaches him, ready to strike the death blow.’
    • ‘Jayce grabbed her before she hit the ground and raised his fist, fully intent on delivering the death blow.’
    • ‘Delayed by this action, the beasts were about to cast him a death blow until Shadow's enormous, double-bladed axe cut all three into two pieces each with one powerful swipe.’
    • ‘Miki stood over Dallas and raised his sword to administer the death blow.’
    • ‘Maybe you miss once or twice, then you strike the death blow.’
    • ‘The king grew tired of games and cast a spell that dealt a near death blow to the two, destroying the castle and thrusting its entire rubble into the air.’
    • ‘Clem just closed his eyes, waiting for the death blow.’
    • ‘It being dark, I could not give a death blow; the hatchet glanced from his head, and he sprang from the bed and called his wife.’
    finishing blow, killing, dispatch
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    1. 1.1 An event, circumstance, or action that ends something abruptly.
      ‘it was Galileo Galilei who dealt the death blow to the geocentric theory’
      • ‘Yet even this anthropic principle has not given the death blow to the atheists that it was expected to.’
      • ‘Perhaps the first benefit of the post-modern movement is that it might be able to claim to have delivered the death blow to the assumption that history is a story of linear progress.’
      • ‘This prohibition on registration of transfer of certain properties has dealt a death blow to the property market in and around Bangalore and kept it in suspended animation.’
      • ‘Dutch voters are expected to deliver a potential death blow to the proposed European constitution by rejecting the charter in a referendum today.’
      • ‘The 1996 rewrite of the Telecommunications Act was a near death blow to radio.’
      • ‘In Britain a Yes Vote would deal a death blow to English nationalism.’
      • ‘But finally, it was not despondency but rather absurdity that would deal the death blow to my collection career.’
      • ‘This seemed a death blow to the Bolivian and Latin American left.’
      • ‘But to do nothing is a death blow to Social Security.’
      • ‘Flames that race up into the canopy may deal a death blow to the trees.’
      • ‘Rumour had it that the city's authorities were planning to impose a curfew on the bars and clubs, dealing what might have been a death blow to the tourism business.’
      • ‘Of course, NHI would be a death blow to the health insurance industry and it would threaten the super-profits of powerful drug and hospital firms.’
      • ‘It would be a death blow to Newtonian physics; and to Einstein.’
      • ‘It was a miracle of environmentally friendly recycling but a death blow to capitalism.’
      • ‘The newly-planned cuts would be a literal death blow for some study courses.’
      • ‘While the British Empire could be said to have ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, never forget that the death blow was the slaughter of WW1.’
      • ‘The Transport Secretary delivered the death blow to the scheme even though it threatens huge investment in Leeds that could create 32,000 jobs.’
      • ‘The move is a death blow to an agency that was already on life support.’
      • ‘Tsarism could be dealt a death blow if the revolutionary forces were united and determined enough.’
      • ‘To listen to some media commentators, you'd think every strike is a chance for capitalism to deliver the death blow to the union movement.’
      killing, act of killing, dispatch
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Pronunciation

death blow

/ˈdɛθ ˈˌbloʊ//ˈdeTH ˈˌblō/