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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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.
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.
The good--they have always been the beginning of the end.
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.
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.
The battle ended in a bloody stalemate but it marked the beginning of the end of Norse power in Scotland.
Though it is perhaps the beginning of the end of the giant wind turbines.
Supreme Court case that brought about the beginning of the end of restrictive real estate covenants, used as a legal tool of segregation in the North.
FOOTBALL: Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick welcomed "the beginning of the end of the construction phase" of Wembley after securing this season's FA Cup final at the new stadium.
Jasper's statement that if Bush and Congress allow another mass amnesty to take place, "we could be looking at the beginning of the end of our nation" is exactly the sentiment of most of us "in the know" these days.
The beginning of the end of an old regime, of the old way, of business as usual, is always a troubled time.
But both agree that a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against government aid to cotton farmers could be the beginning of the end for a wide range of agricultural subsidies.
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