the beginning of the end


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beginning of the end

1. The start of a decline. We didn't realize it at the time, but not having any interest in Valentine's Day was the beginning of the end for us—we broke up a month later. We all rushed to grandpa's bedside after his nurse warned us that it was the beginning of the end.
2. The first in a series of closing events. Senior prom is really the beginning of the end—graduation isn't that far away anymore.
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the beginning of the end

the event or development to which the conclusion or failure of something can be traced.
1992 H. Norman Schwartzkopf It Doesn't Take a Hero I heard about D-Day on the radio. The announcer quoted Ohio governor John Bricker's now-famous line that this was ‘the beginning of the end of the forces of evil’.
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the beginning of the ˈend

the first sign of something ending: The quarrel was the beginning of the end for our relationship.
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