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final nail in the coffin

An event, decision, action, etc., that seals, confirms, or ultimately leads to the failure of a situation or event that has already begun to fail. The candidate's uncouth comments toward the lower class were the final nail in the coffin of an already foundering campaign.
See also: coffin, final, nail

another nail in (one's) coffin

Another negative event 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 our coffin. If my parents find out that I failed my exam, it will be another nail in my coffin, and they may never let me go out again!
See also: another, coffin, nail

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 (someone's or something's) coffin

Fig. something that will harm or destroy someone or something. (Alludes to the sealing of a coffin with nails.) Every word of criticism that Bob said about the boss was another nail in his coffin. Losing their biggest customer was the final nail in the company's coffin.
See also: coffin, nail

(a) nail in the coffin of something

also (a) nail in something's coffin
an action that will cause something to end This report on the effects of smoking is another nail in the coffin of the tobacco industry. We thought the firings would put the final nail in the union's coffin, but in fact, the union has grown in size and importance.
See also: coffin, nail, of

another nail in the coffin

  also the final nail in the coffin
an event which causes the failure of something that had already started to fail (usually + of ) I think that argument was the final nail in the coffin of our friendship.
See also: another, coffin, nail

nail in one's coffin

Something that might hasten or contribute to one's death, as in Every cigarette you smoke is another nail in your coffin. This expression, alluding to fastening down a coffin lid, is today almost always used for a harmful habit such as tobacco use (giving rise to the slang term coffin nail for a cigar or cigarette). The idea was first expressed in an ode by Pindar (the pseudonym of John Wolcot) in 1792: "Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt."
See also: coffin, nail

coffin nail

1. and coffin tack n. a cigarette. (Coffin nail is very old.) You still smoking them coffin nails? Every coffin tack you smoke takes a little off the end of your life.
2. n. a drink of liquor. How about another coffin nail?
See also: coffin, nail

coffin tack

verb
See also: coffin, tack

coffin varnish

n. inferior liquor. You want some more of this coffin varnish?
See also: coffin, varnish

coffin-dodger

(ˈkɔfnæ dɑdʒɚ)
n. a heavy smoker. I just hate these damn coffin-dodgers who smoke right outside the door!
References in classic literature ?
By the time the red sunlight shone on the brass nails that formed the initials on the lid of the coffin, any lingering foreboding from the sound of the willow wand was merged in satisfaction that the work was done and the promise redeemed.
The coffin was soon propped on the tall shoulders of the two brothers, and they were making their way, followed close by Gyp, out of the little woodyard into the lane at the back of the house.
It's a good step to Brox'on, an' it's hungry air o'er the hill--wi' that heavy coffin too.
I'll remember those black Rabbits with the black coffin on their shoulders and I'll take the glass and pouf
So are the coffins,' replied the beadle: with precisely as near an approach to a laugh as a great official ought to indulge in.
Bumble,' he said at length, 'there's no denying that, since the new system of feeding has come in, the coffins are something narrower and more shallow than they used to be; but we must have some profit, Mr.
You don't mind sleeping among the coffins, I suppose?
The imam of Konak Central Mosque prepared the body for the funeral, which was to be held at the mosque, later leaving it in the cold storage of the morgue as he planned to put it in the coffin directly before the ceremony.
And the seller in Wexford is offering it for a bargain [euro]99 - around a fifth the price of a new oak coffin.
Total quantity or scope: Supply of various coffin embeddings according to the bill of coffin logistics Wien GmbH, Anton-Mayer-Gasse 3, 1110 Vienna.
Researchers working on the huge collection of artefacts housed in the museum have found examples still 'in stock' of the type of handles used on Churchill's coffin - needless to say among the best and most expensive.
The people were stand in rows on that day to my shop to sell the coffin for their children ,adding that on that day his sales was so much but he was not happy on the sales of coffin , "Ihsan added while tears rolling on his chin.
His body was exhumed in 1981 to dispel conspiracy theories including assertions that the occupant of the coffin may have been a Soviet impostor.
Newman Brothers left most of the contents in place as if at the end of an ordinary working day, including a huge stock of coffin fittings, shrouds and coffin linings.