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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Wasps face a crunch Heineken Cup clash at Edinburgh tonight, knowing defeat could deal their quarter-final hopes a crushing blow.
Gauthier skated in and delivered a crushing blow with his shoulder to the chest of Roenick, who went down hard, sprawling headfirst into the glass and boards in front of the penalty box.
Abetted by a "dope, guns, fucking in the streets" chorus (based on the MC5's philosophy), the song deals a crushing blow.
Miyazawa said those who have been dealt a crushing blow by stock trading in the past, especially individual investors, seem to be returning to the stock market.
Louis now report that they have restored leg movement in injured rats by transplanting cells into the injury site 9 days after the rats received a crushing blow to the spine.
The General Assembly and I have worked hard to make Pennsylvania competitive, and the elimination of this exemption would reverse much of that work, rendering a crushing blow to our economy.
In anticipation of what will likely be a hard-fought battle on Capitol Hill, AFS recently launched the initial phase of a full-scale lobbying effort on RCRA to turn back measures that if passed will deal a crushing blow to the foundry industry.
NIGEL Farage suffered a crushing blow yesterday as Labour defeated UKIP to win the election for a new police and crime commissioner in South Yorkshire.
Now, after the disappointment and the emotion, come the hard questions about the future of the club and whether it can bounce back from this crushing blow.
POLICE delivered a crushing blow to criminals blighting Birmingham - by pulverising illegal cars in front of the public.
The defeat was a crushing blow for manager Phil Taylor, who departed later that year and was replaced by Bill Shankly.
OK, OK, I know it must have been a crushing blow to miss that penalty in Moscow, but did John Terry really need to cry like a baby?
JUVENTUS delivered a crushing blow to Milan's hopes of claiming a Champions League spot with a thrilling 3-2 victory last night.
THE Premier League's hopes of introducing Hawkeye technology to rule on goal-line controversies have been dealt a crushing blow by football's rulemakers.
It's another crushing blow for Cwmbran amid rumours that manager Guillermo Ganet and several players are unsettled.