crack of doom


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crack of doom

1. The Christian Day of Judgment, when God assigns an eternal fate to all individual humans; a sound or signal heralding that day. You may have been acquitted of your crimes by a court of law, but you will have to face the punishment for them at the crack of doom. The sky blackened and lightning flashed violently across the sky, with thunder booming like a crack of doom.
2. By extension, the apocalypse or end of the world, or a signal thereof. Many feared that the Cold War could at any time escalate to nuclear warfare, bringing about the crack of doom.
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crack of doom

a peal of thunder announcing the Day of Judgement.
The idea of thunder announcing the Last Judgement comes from several passages in the book of Revelation (e.g., 6:1, 8:5).
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A positive note is sounded, counter to the crack of doom, as people pull together, the sense of community greater than ever, in cleaning up the church.
Evidence of their lack of all hope of survival comes when Frodo and Sam decide to lighten their load by discarding anything that is not directly needed to get to the Crack of Doom. They know they will not survive to begin a return journey.
This is the ironic obverse of the Tate's crack of doom, a bright, prosperous, hi-tech and rather bland-looking future.
"That said, The infant snowflake goes to bed at noon, And other snow comes down on the garden, Building secrecy until the crack of doom. It has blue eyes," we cried.
Choice, Contingency, and the Crack of Doom: Penelope Lively's Judgment Day John Glendening
Prior to this cutting the grass was a big job for strong men wielding heavy scythes whenever, like the crack of doom, there was that verbal dig in the ribs, "The lawn needs cutting".
Roy was an attendant not much bigger than us 10-year-olds but he possessed a voice to make Bryn Terfel sound like squeaky James Blunt It came out like the crack of doom.
Me, alone, go to the Crack of Doom and all?" He quailed still, but the resolve grew.
There'll be no more kicks like siege guns, tackles like the crack of doom or a bit of jiggery-pokery in the lineout after Bill hung up his mic after Scotland's 27-22 win at the Millennium Stadium.
There will be no more kicks like siege guns, tackles like the crack of doom .
'I am unhappy that his is just one broadside in a continuing naval engagement which will stretch on until the crack of doom.'
It does, however, have an authentic ring to it, as Zuccotti takes the reader step by step through modern Italian history, geography, and religion tracing the crack of doom that befell the Jews of Rome and Italy under a Mussolini enthralled by Hitler and a country, after 1943, occupied by German troops and SS units delegated with the task of rounding up Jews.
Criticism only stokes up his fears that the wreckers will move in as soon as he quits, and he owes it to his country to stick it out to the crack of doom.
Even now I still spot the odd specimen of these "Noddy bikes", invariably in civilian trim and still puttering away from now no doubt until until the crack of doom.