death blow

death blow

1. A hit or impact that causes immediate death. The warrior swiftly dealt a death blow to his adversary on the battlefield.
2. An event that causes the abrupt end of something. His arrest and subsequent conviction was a death blow to his successful career as an attorney. Despite the company's recent success, the massive recall proved to be its death blow.
See also: blow, death

a death blow

If something is a death blow to a process, situation, or organization, it causes it to end or fail. This could deal a death blow to the collapsing national economy. They warned that the deportations would be a death blow to the peace process.
See also: blow, death
References in classic literature ?
But so cunningly did he twine and wreathe his body about his captor's that the death blow could not be struck.
In case it wasnt clear before, President Trump today tried to land another death blow to Gateway, by having his Federal Transit Administration (FTA) vindictively and inexplicably downgrade the project in order to cut off critical federal funding.
SUPREME Court will hear a case this term that could deliver a death blow to the legal privileges enjoyed by public sector unions.
Palestinian leaders have warned that the potential relocation would fuel strong reaction in the region and deliver a death blow to any prospect of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The assassination of Ali Abdullah Saleh has struck a death blow to the sliver of hope for peace in Yemen.
Jim Callaly, 77, told how the monster took pleasure in re-enacting her death blow by blow, adding he is "empty" inside.
With Khorasani's death, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Jammatul Ahrar (JuA), the most dreaded of all Taliban factions, has suffered a death blow.
But in a night of high drama on Capitol Hill, Mr McCain dealt what looks like a death blow to the Republican party's seven years of promises to get rid of Obamacare, defying President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in the Senate.
Half a century of watching this show go down the tubes and now the death blow.
This is the death blow for the VolksbE-hne, or better yet, for the VolksbE-hne as we know it.
A trip to Kathleen's ancestral homeland Ireland brings new challenges and changes to the coup as Kathleen discovers her real heritage, her father Robin is determined to save his daughter, and Harry discovers that his offer to help may have masked a death blow to more than one possibility.
This supposed death blow to our nation's long yearning for justice elicits a deep groan from the Filipino people, most especially the victims of martial law.
Iraqi forces advanced towards Mosul on Oct 17 in an assault targeted at retaking Mosul and dealing a death blow to ISIS's "caliphate" in the city where it was declared two years ago.
30pm - 90 minutes after the death blow should have been struck - the consortium representatives walked into the room, uttered a brief statement and sat back with relief.
But Haile said the move to mobile is hardly a death blow for long-form.