sound the death knell for

sound the death knell for something

to cause something to end Everyone likes e-mail, but it hasn't sounded the death knell for snail mail quite yet.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of sound the death knell (to ring a church bell slowly to announce a person'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.
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.
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.
Bearing in mind that the treaty will be selfamending, by including mechanisms to allow it to be re-written without need for fresh treaties, signing up to it will sound the death knell for Britain as an independent sovereign nation.
If Jet is allowed to walk away with the money it will sound the death knell for Sahara.
When a camp dam fails, it can sound the death knell for the lake and its associated programs because of the time and costs of permitting, design, and construction.
But global warming could sound the death knell for old favourites, which may no longer thrive.