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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.
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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

nail in (someone's or something's) coffin

Something that will eventually contribute to someone or something's downfall or death. That class action lawsuit is going to be the nail in the company's coffin. Every beer you drink is a nail in your coffin.
See also: coffin, nail

nail in the coffin of (something)

An event, decision, action, etc., that can or will lead to the failure or cessation of something. The candidate's uncouth comment about the lower class was the final nail in the coffin of an already foundering campaign. That class action lawsuit could be a nail in the coffin of a company that has already seen its fair share of controversy.
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nail in the coffin

An event, decision, action, etc., that can or will lead to the failure or cessation of something. The candidate's uncouth comment about the lower class was the final nail in the coffin. That class action lawsuit could be a nail in the coffin of a company that has already seen its fair share of controversy.
See also: 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

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."
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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

a nail in the coffin

an action or event regarded as likely to have a detrimental or destructive effect on a situation, enterprise, or person.
1981 R. Lancaster Plant Hunting in Nepal A major nail in the coffin of the plant hunter, so some people believe, is the growing importance placed on plant conservation in the wild.
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a nail in somebody’s/something’s ˈcoffin

something, especially one of a series of things, which makes the failure or destruction of something more likely: If we don’t succeed with this campaign, it’ll be the final nail in our coffin.The new tax has driven another nail into the coffin of the British film industry.
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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?
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coffin tack

verb
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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!
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The sea has inspired each of Paa Joe's six coffins, which are ship-like vessels in which to travel beyond this lifetime.
The company makes and sells coffins, and provides a whole range of funeral services, including viewings and, ironically, a quick reference to cremation facilities if that is what customers desire.
The purchasing association, Consisting of the hamburg krematorium gmbh and the leading hamburg cemeteries ar, Intends to grant the delivery of coffins and coffins by means of a joint invitation to tender as a framework contract with a term of four years.
It normally takes about 80-90 minutes to complete a cremation although larger coffins sometimes take up to two hours.
Apis bull, coffin element painted on board; circa 745- 655BC Lid from the coffin of Nespawershefyt (right) Image Credit: The Fitzwilliam Museum/Cambridge Wedjat eye is among the jewellery and amulets used in coffins Image Credit: The Fitzwilliam Museum/Cambridge Wooden model of a brewing and baking workshop; Middle Kingdom, circa 2010-1950BC Image Credit: The Fitzwilliam Museum/Cambridge Face from coffin with eyes and eyebrows inlaid, gilded; 1186-1069BC Image Credit: The Fitzwilliam Museum/Cambridge By Richard HolledgeSpecial to Weekend Review
This is why today, thousands of Egyptian coffins can be found in museums across the world--they are a staple of any collection, and along with mummies, are what museum-goers expect to see.
The Hanging Coffins and Burial Caves, here, are both famous and sacred mountain because of this.
From its premises on the North Cheshire Trading Estate, it supplies 30,000 coffins a year and 130,000 coffin sets (the materials which make up the coffins), and also offers a range of colourful and bespoke coffins via its link with Oxford-based firm Colourful Coffins.
Elegizing and crying relatives of the victim paid their respect in front of the lined coffins during the ceremony.
Historical archaeologist Springate studies the metallic mounts, handles, ornaments, and fasteners of mass-produced coffins in the US during the 19th century.
Simon Buteux, director of Birmingham Conservation Trust, which manages the attraction, said: "Newman Brothers made the coffin furniture used for the coffins of royalty and many of the great and the good, but that their coffin fittings were chosen for Winston Churchill's coffin was probably their proudest moment.
Coffins are not part of traditional Islamic death rites in Pakistan, where corpses are normally bound in a funeral shroud and laid upon a rope-cord bed at the time of burial.
Ihsan added that most of the people were visiting to his shop to purchase the coffin for the little kids, adding that there were a few peaces of coffins in his shop but as the number of martyred children were so high and there was no coffin in his shop for small size of the children.
The famous factory made coffins for the likes of Winston Churchill, Princess Diana and the Queen Mother before closing its doors in 1998.
For tourists, these coffins may look absurd, but for the people of Ghana, it greatly represents the deceased person's life as the funeral is held.