toll the death knell

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toll 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 geometric expansion of the Internet and digital media has tolled the death knell for countless print-based businesses around the world.
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From the decline of downtown and the birth of the mall, the author explores the mall's role in suburbia and the American Dream, teens and senior citizens at the mall, and the rise of the big box store, which tolled the death knell for many malls.
NATO's repeated failures on the Balkan battlefield have tolled the death knell for its new strategy of world expansionism by acting as an offensive military alliance," a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is quoted as saying in Monday's China Daily.
That move would probably have tolled the death knell for the 43-year-old Livermore facility.