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death knell

Something that indicates impending failure, as in His low scores sounded the death knell for his ambitions. The noun knell, used for the ringing of a bell since at least a.d. 1000, is rarely heard today except in this figurative phrase.
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But a 2-0 loss in which they looked a shadow of the side that had pushed Premier League Stoke City so close in the FA Cup just weeks ago suggests there are A long trip to in-form Dover Athletic was probably FULL REPORT: PAGE 39 Vanarama Conference DOVER ATHLETIC 2 WREXHAM 0 DEFEAT at Dover last night effectively sounded the death knell for Wrexham's season.
It won't be Peel ringing the death knell but the councillors who sit on the Peel Board and those who sit on the Planning Committee for the council.
TRADERS say the decision to move Birmingham's wholesale markets could sound the death knell for stall holders on the nearby retail markets.
Summary: Islamabad: The buzz of US drones is like the death knell for tribesmen.
Arum said the controversial decision by the 'old f**ts' judges could sound death knell of boxing, and claimed even Bradley's manager believes Pacquiao had won the boxing.
The veteran MP claims the proposal for a site in Southgate could sound the death knell for the town centre.
But Labour's AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones said: "They are forcing through unpopular reforms and increased privatisation in Westminster, and now in Wales we have Tory candidates promoting the death knell for the NHS.
It would have been the death knell for tourism in the country," the Greek travel agents' association HATTA said in a statement.
Summary: The final death knell is set to be sounded later for the controversial home information packs.
Hearn said: "If there is a sickness in snooker, that's the death knell for snooker unless that sickness is removed, and it will be removed if it exists at all.
The service is already stretched and submitting it to credit crunch market forces under private ownership will sound the death knell.
In my opinion the loss of the club would sound the death knell for many pubs and food outlets in the Walton area.
Sneezing, sniffing and coughing without covering your mouth could sound the death knell for your relationship as many women would dump their partner for their cold suffering.
This is not good news, but it's not a death knell,'' Ackerman said.
The councillors have condemned the proposals, saying they be the death knell for some hotels in the resort.