beginning of the end


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beginning of the end

1. The start of a decline. We didn't realize it at the time, but not having any interest in Valentine's Day was the beginning of the end for us—we broke up a month later. We all rushed to grandpa's bedside after his nurse warned us that it was the beginning of the end.
2. The first in a series of closing events. Senior prom is really the beginning of the end—graduation isn't that far away anymore.
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beginning of the end

Fig. the start of the termination of something or of someone's death. When he stopped coughing and grew still, I knew it was the beginning of the end. The enormous debt we ran up marked the beginning of the end as far as our standard of living was concerned.
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beginning of the end, the

The start of a bad outcome (ruin, disaster, catastrophe, death), as in Joe's failing two of his courses was the beginning of the end; he dropped out soon afterward . This phrase, at first (16th century) used only to describe an approaching death, gained a new meaning after the French lost the battle of Leipzig in 1813 and Talleyrand said to Napoleon, "C'est le commencement de la fin" ("It's the beginning of the end").
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the beginning of the end

the event or development to which the conclusion or failure of something can be traced.
1992 H. Norman Schwartzkopf It Doesn't Take a Hero I heard about D-Day on the radio. The announcer quoted Ohio governor John Bricker's now-famous line that this was ‘the beginning of the end of the forces of evil’.
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the beginning of the ˈend

the first sign of something ending: The quarrel was the beginning of the end for our relationship.
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beginning of the end, (this is) the

The start of a disaster (ruin, defeat, fatal illness, or the like). The term was used by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but without the same meaning; it appears in the tangled prologue to the play within a play (Pyramus and Thisbe) in the last act. “I see the beginning of my end” occurs in an early seventeenth-century play, The Virgin Martyr, by Massinger and Dekker, here meaning death. The origin of the current cliché, however, is generally acknowledged to be a statement made by Talleyrand to Napoleon after losing the battle of Leipzig (1813), “C’est le commencement de la fin.” It was widely quoted thereafter, although Talleyrand may not have been the originator (he was known to borrow freely from others).
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References in classic literature ?
One Monday morning about a month ago, she had a kind of faint spell; it wasn't bad, but the doctor is afraid it was a shock, and if so, it's the beginning of the end. Seems to me she's failing right along, and that's what makes her so fretful and easy vexed.
"This must be the beginning of the end," he said, inter- rupting me.
In another instant Mbonga's knife would sever one of the victim's ears--that would mark the beginning of the end, for very shortly after only a writhing mass of mutilated flesh would remain.
It was the last days, they claimed, the beginning of the end of the world.
It was the beginning of the end for White Fang--the ending of the old life and the reign of hate.
For the good--they CANNOT create; they are always the beginning of the end:--
The good--they have always been the beginning of the end.--
THIS week marks the 'beginning of the end' of works on Regent Road.
The beginning of the end is always discreet like the knife sliding against someone else's throat and at first the beginning of the end appears to be exactly the opposite compassion ennui vague feelings that create echoes in the silence the beginning of the end arrives on top of a slight a betrayal another's skin with its distinctive aroma that moves us and that instant remains forever branded in our recollection relentless in its torment from up close the beginning of the end is yellow.
Chronicling the years 146-78 BC, "The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic" dives headlong into the first generation to face this treacherous new political environment.
Washington, Ramadan 15, 1438, Jun 10, 2017, SPA -- President Donald Trump of the United States of America thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and countries participated, in the Arab-American Islamic Summit, expressing hope that this historic summit will be the beginning of the end of the financing of terrorism and the beginning of the end of terrorism.
In a head-spinning shift, President Trump accused Qatar Tuesday of funding extremism and mused that its diplomatic isolation might mark "the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism."
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP of the state of law coalition, Muwaffaq al-Rubaie considered the winning of Donald Trump in the presidential elections of the United States of America as the beginning of the end of the hard-line Islamic ideology and Wahhabism in the world, produced by Saudi Arabia.
THIS picture shows the beginning of the end of the former Futurist Cinema.
The show will wrap up its Season 1 with Episode 22, titled "Beginning of the End." With just three days left to the much awaited finale, fans are growing increasingly anxious about it.