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sign (one's) own death warrant

To knowingly do something that will bring one trouble, punishment, or harm (and perhaps literally one's death). If you stay out past curfew again, you know you're signing your own death warrant, right? Testifying against the mob boss is like signing your own death warrant.
See also: death, own, sign, warrant

sign (someone's) death warrant

To knowingly do something that will bring someone trouble, disaster, ruin, or death. Many believe the new emissions law will sign the death warrant of local coal industries. His knowledge of the gang's financial practices essentially signed his death warrant when he chose to leave the organization.
See also: death, sign, warrant

put out a warrant (on someone)

 and send out a warrant (on someone)
to issue a warrant for the arrest of someone. The police put out a warrant on Max. We sent out a warrant on Lefty "Fingers" Moran at the same time.
See also: out, put, warrant

sign one's own death warrant

Fig. to do something (knowingly) that will most likely result in severe trouble. (As if one were ordering one's own execution.) I wouldn't ever gamble a large sum of money. That would be signing my own death warrant. The killer signed his own death warrant when he walked into the police station and gave himself up.
See also: death, own, sign, warrant

sign one's own death warrant

Bring about one's own downfall, do oneself irreparable harm, as in In taking his secretary to a risqué nightclub, the parish priest was signing his own death warrant . This expression may refer to acts that ensure someone's later murder, as when, in 1921, the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins signed the peace treaty he had negotiated with England and said, "I tell you, I have signed my death warrant." Thirteen months later Collins was assassinated by political opponents. The expression is also used hyperbolically, however, for severe repercussions or punishments. [First half of 1900s] Also see shoot oneself in the foot.
See also: death, own, sign, warrant

sign someone's death warrant

COMMON If someone signs another person or organization's death warrant, they cause their ruin or death. The summit in Moscow this week virtually signed the organization's death warrant. It was not too extreme to say that to identify her might be tantamount to signing her death warrant. Note: You can say that a person or organization signs their own death warrant if they behave in a way which causes their own ruin or death. The president persuaded Congress to sign its own death warrant by agreeing to a referendum. The day that he accused the King of murder was the day he signed his own death warrant, and he knew it. Note: A death warrant is used in many other structures with a similar meaning. The plan is seen by all sides as a death warrant for the state. His signal had been innocuous enough, but it would become his death warrant as soon as Pemberton was interrogated. Note: A death warrant is an official document which orders that someone is to be executed as a punishment for a crime.
See also: death, sign, warrant

sign your own death warrant

do something that ensures your own demise or downfall.
See also: death, own, sign, warrant

sign your own ˈdeath warrant

do something that results in your own death, defeat or failure: By refusing to play pop music this new radio station is signing its own death warrant.
See also: death, own, sign, warrant
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One way for companies considering issuing warrants to avoid this problem is to have a separate warrant arrangement for the capital investment related to the offering.
Although the value of the warrants is still to be determined, this case addresses several issues that can surround a corporate acquisition that, on paper, seems to be a simple stock purchase.
If the warrant is overly broad or ambiguous, your counsel may want to ask the court to quash the warrant.
With limited staffing and hundreds of thousands of outstanding warrants throughout the county, officials must focus on serving arrest warrants to suspects posing the highest risk to the community.
The Planning Division had provided an alphabetized list of warrants divided into precincts.
By the time the warrants were transferred to Taxpayer's affiliate, their value had increased substantially; nevertheless, the controlled corporation sold the warrants at the price the investment hanker had determined.
GFCI shareholders as of the Record Date will be notified in writing as to the number of warrants they are entitled to along with contact information regarding the warrant agent.
The warrant transaction was the same transaction as in Sun (Computervision was Sun's customer).
Some courts would consider whether a telephonic search warrant was available to officers when determining if there was an emergency justifying a warrantless entry.
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Many nonpublic and closely held companies issue debt with an equity kicker, such as a warrant.
This article examines the emergence of the sneak and peek warrant as a viable law enforcement technique and reviews cases that have addressed the legal issues involved in the execution of such warrants.
Prior to giving effect to the amendments, each Warrant was set to expire at 4:30 p.
12, 1993, NMG's warrant ledger was updated to show the ownership change.
Given that searches conducted without a warrant are presumed to be unreasonable,(1) subject to a few exceptions, was the warrantless entry and search of the apartment lawful?