sound the death knell

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.
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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
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Imposing mandatory E-verify without fixing our country's broken immigration system will sound the death knell for thousands of farming operations across the country," says AWC
With critics quick to sound the death knell for the Spanish tiki-taka style it was perhaps fitting two of the country's key players in their success over the last six years contributed to the opening goal.
FORMER world snooker champion Shaun Murphy fears the Stuart Broad incident may sound the death knell for sportsmanship.
TRADERS say the decision to move Birmingham's wholesale markets could sound the death knell for stall holders on the nearby retail markets.
And inspections tomorrow at Leicester (9am) and Wetherby (11am) seem certain to sound the death knell for Tuesday's meetings.
But, if new research is anything to go by, such indiscretions need not sound the death knell for relationships.
To tax it yet more, and so further raise the price, will certainly sound the death knell for many more of our pubs which are already struggling for survival.
Twenty20 could sound the death knell for Test cricket but it could also prove to be the perfect vehicle for the expansion of the game into other countries.
TAKEAWAY food shops could sound the death knell of a shopping area at the heart of a Teesside community, a local councillor has warned.
The service is already stretched and submitting it to credit crunch market forces under private ownership will sound the death knell.
I wish people would realise that restaurant critics simply diagnose the illness but they never sound the death knell.
It is a move which could well sound the death knell for Gulf Air.
In my opinion the loss of the club would sound the death knell for many pubs and food outlets in the Walton area.
He said: "The feelings of Rhyl Football Club are that if the 'Big Three' are admitted back into the Welsh Cup it could sound the death knell of the Welsh Premier.
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.