nail in the coffin of

(a) nail in the coffin of something

also (a) nail in something's coffin
an action that will cause something to end This report on the effects of smoking is another nail in the coffin of the tobacco industry. We thought the firings would put the final nail in the union's coffin, but in fact, the union has grown in size and importance.
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Now, the traders have been asked to close shops at 8 pm which will be last nail in the coffin of their businesses.
Nails in coffin of industrial heritage READING in the Birmingham Mail (February 4) about yet another nail in the coffin of the area's industrial heritage enraged me to write in.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo will be the proverbial nail in the coffin of President Bashar Assad's government.
While some residents grudgingly admit progress, others see the road opening as another nail in the coffin of their suburban dreams.
The appearance of Luca Mola's exhaustive case study of the silk industry in fifteenth -- and sixteenth -- century Venice is one more nail in the coffin of the depression thesis.
Jaskot has nonetheless put another nail in the coffin of Leon Krier's extraordinary attempt to exonerate the Nazi monuments by removing them from their political context.
I think the global credential could be another nail in the coffin of our rightfully proud profession.
This bill is just one more nail in the coffin of family life," she said.
Called "another nail in the coffin of financial privacy" by Financial Privacy Report Publisher Mike Ketcher, the new rules would force anyone sending more than $750 abroad to provide identification to the financial institution wiring the money and have the transaction reported to the Treasury Department.
In contrast to the conventional view of blackface minstrelsy as the nail in the coffin of antebellum racial stasis, Brown sees it--rightly, I think--as an arena in which ripping social transformation was registered and even activated.
An expert on royalty said Prince Philip had hammered another nail in the coffin of the monarchy with his remarks.
If you knock out the receptor [and see no changes in behavior], that would really put the nail in the coffin of a behavioral role for oxytocin," says Harold Gainer of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda.
Whitfield's book indicates that, in killing Till, two white southerners only put another nail in the coffin of the very thing they were trying to keep alive.
com (Nasdaq:NTES) and Shanda (Nasdaq:SNDA) have been in the middle of a multi-year growth spurt, investors are rightly concerned about the overly protective Chinese government putting the nail in the coffin of profitable online gaming.
He said that long march on August 14 will prove to be a last nail in the coffin of leaders.