another nail in the coffin

another nail in the coffin

Another negative event or action that contributes to one's downfall or to something's failure. Aw man, our rival's new product just came out to rave reviews. There's another nail in the coffin. If my parents find out that I failed my exam, it will be another nail in the coffin, and they may never let me go out again!
See also: another, coffin, nail

another nail in the coffin

COMMON If an event is another nail in the coffin of something or someone, it is the latest in a series of events which are seriously harming that thing or person. The vote is another nail in the coffin of the one-party system which the country has now largely rejected. The President took the blame for the crisis and it became another nail in the coffin of his leadership. Note: If you say that an event is the last nail or the final nail in the coffin of something or someone, you mean that it finally destroys something or causes someone to fail. A rent increase could be the final nail in the coffin for a small business like this. The marriage was already in trouble and his affair proved to be the last nail in the coffin.
See also: another, coffin, nail
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Greg WELSH club rugby is dying on its feet and now the powers that be want to put another nail in the coffin.
Nails in coffin of industrial heritage READING in the Birmingham Mail (February 4) about yet another nail in the coffin of the area's industrial heritage enraged me to write in.
I urge everyone not to use these self-service tills and keep all the cashiers in work, every time somebody uses one of these tills it is another nail in the coffin for the job of someone's dad, mum, sister, brother, daughter or son.
If the licence was to be granted it would be the equal of another nail in the coffin for what is left of the retail trade on High Street.
Every setback for that place,'' he said, ``is another nail in the coffin for that area.
The trouble is that many of the viewers of Mr Winston's new series will not know this,and therefore I am concerned that this series, although interesting and well presented, will be yet another nail in the coffin of the truth about our origins as humans.
I think the global credential could be another nail in the coffin of our rightfully proud profession.
Jaskot has nonetheless put another nail in the coffin of Leon Krier's extraordinary attempt to exonerate the Nazi monuments by removing them from their political context.
Barry Faulkner, secretary of the Betting Office Licensees' Association, which includes the Big Three - Ladbroke, Hill and Coral - said the ruling was "simply another nail in the coffin.
The water increase, Strasburg said, "is another nail in the coffin that is hurting not-for-profits the most.
An expert on royalty said Prince Philip had hammered another nail in the coffin of the monarchy with his remarks.
Whitfield's book indicates that, in killing Till, two white southerners only put another nail in the coffin of the very thing they were trying to keep alive.
I see this win as driving another nail in the coffin of the BNP in this borough.
While some residents grudgingly admit progress, others see the road opening as another nail in the coffin of their suburban dreams.
The morale (of lottery workers) has been pretty bad anyway so this is another nail in the coffin,'' she said in an interview.