another nail in the coffin

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another nail in the coffin

Another negative event or action that contributes to one's downfall or to something's failure. Aw man, our rival's new product just came out to rave reviews. There's another nail in the coffin. If my parents find out that I failed my exam, it will be another nail in the coffin, and they may never let me go out again!
See also: another, coffin, nail

another nail in the coffin

COMMON If an event is another nail in the coffin of something or someone, it is the latest in a series of events which are seriously harming that thing or person. The vote is another nail in the coffin of the one-party system which the country has now largely rejected. The President took the blame for the crisis and it became another nail in the coffin of his leadership. Note: If you say that an event is the last nail or the final nail in the coffin of something or someone, you mean that it finally destroys something or causes someone to fail. A rent increase could be the final nail in the coffin for a small business like this. The marriage was already in trouble and his affair proved to be the last nail in the coffin.
See also: another, coffin, nail
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Indeed such a change could be the final nail in the coffin of the Lib Dem party.
Ynys Gybi councillor Jeff Evans said: "Closure of the crown offices will be the final nail in the coffin for businesses and town centres.
A penalty could have given Succop another chance to hammer the final nail in the coffin on the Chargers' playoff hope, but they went on to win the match and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers for the final wildcard AFC playoff spot.
In response to a question about the impact of the security situation on the tourism season, Abboud considered "the Ruwais explosion was the final nail in the coffin of tourism," stressing that there would be no tourism without political stability and security.
He said: "It will not only be the final nail in the coffin of so many people's lives and hopes and aspirations but it will also be a final nail for the Labour party.
The final nail in the coffin must be high-profile party member Adil Bhatti's decision to resign following their position over NATO.
Society Rock was the final nail in the coffin but it does mean there will be well over pounds 500,000 up for grabs next weekend.
Retailers have warned that Tesco's new fuel price deal could be the final nail in the coffin for independent forecourts.
Now the final nail in the coffin has been left to the Coalition who have announced the "For Sale Notice" and workers owed millions in the pension fund are left with no answer on it.
IN the light of the final decision to mothball the largest steelworks in Europe, with politicians on Teesside scouring Europe for a buyer, I must emphasise that it is not the final nail in the coffin for the once proud British steelworkers of Teesside.
This could well be the final nail in the coffin of their marriage, as he's already considered running away with Jane
Surely the photos last week of Croft groping lapdancer Claire Bassett will be the final nail in the coffin of his and Kerry Katona's disastrous marriage.
I think it's the final nail in the coffin for a very long time for any future expansion in passenger services in Coventry.
THIS was almost certainly the final nail in the coffin of the Saints' hopes of retaining the Welsh Premier title after three successive years of dominance.
The final nail in the coffin came when Kirklees introduced Sunday car parking charges.