final nail in the coffin

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.
See also: coffin, final, nail
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Well, that certainly puts the final nail in the coffin.
Indeed such a change could be the final nail in the coffin of the Lib Dem party.
Ynys Gybi councillor Jeff Evans said: "Closure of the crown offices will be the final nail in the coffin for businesses and town centres.
A penalty could have given Succop another chance to hammer the final nail in the coffin on the Chargers' playoff hope, but they went on to win the match and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers for the final wildcard AFC playoff spot.
In response to a question about the impact of the security situation on the tourism season, Abboud considered "the Ruwais explosion was the final nail in the coffin of tourism," stressing that there would be no tourism without political stability and security.
The final nail in the coffin must be high-profile party member Adil Bhatti's decision to resign following their position over NATO.
Society Rock was the final nail in the coffin but it does mean there will be well over pounds 500,000 up for grabs next weekend.
This is the man that was happy to hammer the final nail in the coffin of MG Rover, putting thousands on the dole and dealing a huge blow to UK manufacturing.
Retailers have warned that Tesco's new fuel price deal could be the final nail in the coffin for independent forecourts.
Now the final nail in the coffin has been left to the Coalition who have announced the "For Sale Notice" and workers owed millions in the pension fund are left with no answer on it.
IN the light of the final decision to mothball the largest steelworks in Europe, with politicians on Teesside scouring Europe for a buyer, I must emphasise that it is not the final nail in the coffin for the once proud British steelworkers of Teesside.
This could well be the final nail in the coffin of their marriage, as he's already considered running away with Jane
Surely the photos last week of Croft groping lapdancer Claire Bassett will be the final nail in the coffin of his and Kerry Katona's disastrous marriage.
I think it's the final nail in the coffin for a very long time for any future expansion in passenger services in Coventry.
THIS was almost certainly the final nail in the coffin of the Saints' hopes of retaining the Welsh Premier title after three successive years of dominance.