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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.
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Without this crucial element within the process, researchers cannot achieve significant levels of warrantability.
With a notion of warrantability stemming from Dewey's theory of inquiry in mind, this framework represents the necessary conditions of inquiry within qualitative and arts-based educational research in the form of a syllogistic model:
To that end, I propose four necessary conditions in order to explore the potential of this normative framework: rejecting the false dualism between science and research, rejecting the pluralization of epistemology, recognizing that arts-based and postmodern forms of inquiry can co-exist with notions of warrantability within educational research, and enlarging our image of growth as the common aim of educational research.
Both Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin were successful in achieving patterns of dominance and recognition as leading "statesmen" in the twentieth century, but their personal achievements in gaining and holding positions of dominance bore little relationship to the warrantability of the ideas they professed for the transformation of society, the salvation of the oppressed, the advancement of democracy, or the withering away of the state.
To my mind, such warrantability criteria are gratuitous.
In this context, the manufacturer's standard denial for a mere word-processing program of even implied warrantability of fitness for use of any kind (it is always provided on an "as-is" basis, and so on) would be unheard of for a conventional machine such as an automotive brake system.