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toll the death knell

To cause or signal the impending end or ruin of something, especially a business, organization, or activity. Refers to the sound of a bell ringing (the knell) from a church to indicate that someone has died. The geometric expansion of the Internet and digital media has tolled the death knell for countless print-based businesses around the world.
See also: death, knell, toll

sound the death knell

To cause or signal the impending end or ruin of something, especially a business, organization, or activity. (Refers to the sound of a bell ringing—the knell—from a church to indicate that someone has died.) The expansion of the Internet and digital media has sounded the death knell for countless print-based businesses around the world.
See also: death, knell, sound

ring the knell of (something)

old-fashioned To foreshadow, signal, announce, or proclaim the end or ruin of something. Refers to the sound of a bell ringing (the knell) from a church to indicate that someone has died. An uproarious applause strained the very timbers of the chamber, and rang the knell of slavery in this country forever. The geometric expansion of the Internet and digital media has rung the knell of countless print-based businesses around the world.
See also: knell, of, ring

death knell

A signal of the impending end or ruin of something, especially a business, organization, or activity. Refers to the sound of a bell ringing (the knell) from a church to indicate that someone has died. The geometric expansion of the Internet and digital media has tolled the death knell for countless print-based businesses around the world.
See also: death, knell

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.
See also: death, knell

sound the death knell

COMMON If something sounds the death knell for an activity or organization, it causes the activity or organization to end or fail. The announcement that the mine would close in March with the loss of more than 980 jobs sounded the death knell for the village. Some people fear that the decision to allow women to become priests sounds the death knell of the Church of England. Note: This expression has many variations. For example, you can use other verbs instead of sound, or simply use the death knell to describe something that causes something else to end or fail. The present system of industrialization marked the death knell of traditional art. A new supermarket in the area would be the death knell for many small, independent food shops. Note: A death knell is the ringing of a church bell at a funeral or to announce someone's death.
See also: death, knell, sound

ring the knell of

announce or herald the end of.
The image here is of the tolling of a bell to announce a death or funeral.
See also: knell, of, ring

sound the ˈdeath knell of something

be the reason why something ends, goes out of fashion, or is replaced: The arrival of large supermarkets sounded the death knell of many small local shops.
The death knell is the ringing of a bell to announce a person’s death.
See also: death, knell, of, something, sound
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In his new role as CEO of National Geographic Partners, Knell will oversee all of National Geographic's global storytelling assets, including the television, magazine, print and digital operations, licensing and travel expeditions.
At Belfast Crown Court, Knell was handed a two-year sentence, half of which will be spent in prison with the remainder on supervised licence upon his release.
But his client turned aggressive following a row over payment and Knell, who had been drinking heavily, grabbed hold of Mr Naeem and began shouting and swearing, all of which was recorded on a mobile phone.
Market for the supply and delivery of food to the nursing home Ster knell.
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.
As the top executive of NPR for nearly two years, Knell said he is trying to visit as many of the NPR affiliates as possible.
But Mr Everett told him: "On your watch the death knell is ringing for markets in this city.
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.
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.
Lewis, chairman of the History of Geology Group (HOGG) and Knell (museum studies, University of Leicester) present an overview of the first two hundred years of the London Geological Society.
Summary: The final death knell is set to be sounded later for the controversial home information packs.
We know that it's an extremely volatile area, but we also feel that it's really important that we take these step forward to promote self esteem for Palestinians," said Gary Knell, president of the Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind the popular children's series.
The Pittsburgh Society (PSCT) has elected its officers and committee chairs for 2009-2010: President--Cyndy Sherman, PPG Industries; Vice President--Abdullah Ekin, Bayer MaterialScience; Past President--Raymond Stewart, Bayer MaterialScience; Treasurer/Membership Chair--Bob Gross, PPG Industries; Director at Large--Debra Longhini, PPG Industries; NPCA/FSCT Society Liaison Representative/By-Laws Chair--Jim Wasik, PPG Industries; Secretary--Tim Knell, Shore Corporation.
Husband of the late Priscilla (Glidden) Poskitt and beloved father of Ann (Poskitt) Knell and her husband Kenneth of East Dennis.