the beginning of the end


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the beginning of the end

the first part of a process that will finish something Several brilliant plays marked the beginning of the end for the challengers.
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the beginning of the end

the time at which it becomes clear that a situation or process will end, although it does not end immediately (often + for ) The ban on tobacco advertising may be the beginning of the end for the cigarette companies.
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Though it is perhaps the beginning of the end of the giant wind turbines.
The crowd laughed and cheered, but it was the beginning of the end for Gimelstob, who never fully regained his concentration.
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The beginning of the end came in the sixth when Corrales, from Sacramento, wobbled Garcia with a big right hand and the champion never recovered.
This could be the beginning of the end for the gas guzzling generation.
They're too busy thinking 40 is the beginning of the end.
Is this the beginning of the end of a vigorous real estate market, or a temporary lull in activity?
This settlement is the beginning of the end for the tobacco industry tactic of enticing children to begin smoking,'' Los Angeles City Attorney James Hahn said.
We see it as the beginning of the end of the copper overlay networks and a prerequisite for the fully integrated superhighway.