crushing blow


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crushing blow

A major defeat or setback that is devastating to the goals of a person, group, or organization. The team's loss last Sunday was a crushing blow to their chances for a championship. Failing that test was a crushing blow to my hopes for an honors degree.
See also: blow, crush
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Tehran delivered a crushing blow to these terrorist cells, Iranian news agency (Mehr) quoted Alavi as saying during a meeting in Alborz province.
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He added: "This crushing blow sends completely the wrong message on one of the most important social issues of the moment.
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