death knell


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death knell

A signal of the impending end or ruin of something, especially a business, organization, or activity. Refers to the sound of a bell ringing (the knell) from a church to indicate that someone has died. The geometric expansion of the Internet and digital media has tolled the death knell for countless print-based businesses around the world.
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death knell

Something that indicates impending failure, as in His low scores sounded the death knell for his ambitions. The noun knell, used for the ringing of a bell since at least a.d. 1000, is rarely heard today except in this figurative phrase.
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THE Irish tradition of the open casket at funerals has escaped the death knell.
The death knell sounded for Tiggy the day she kissed and hugged Prince Harry as the two were leaving church at Sandringham.
Our poultry industry is already struggling to survive so any outbreak here would almost certainly sound the death knell for producers.
AS an ex-smoker from a mining village I can see this drac-onian ban will be the death knell for many working men's clubs.
Ministers have moved to scrap the exam but opponents said the plan will sound the death knell for grammar schools.
A BOOM in the number of people booking holidays online could be the death knell for travel agents.
SONY sounded the death knell for the conventional TV yesterday as it axed 650 jobs in South Wales.
Last night's vote could be the death knell for the Constitution, which needed the ratification of all 25 EU members.
THE death knell was sounded when Daniella Westbrook turned up dressed top to toe in Burberry.
Failure to back LDV now could be the death knell to Labour support in the Midlands and, subsequently, the country.
"I wish people would realise that restaurant critics simply diagnose the illness but they never sound the death knell. We're only the pall bearers, not the killers" - Restaurant critic Jay Rayner.
We've been trying to sort out funding, but if the youth services move there will be less revenue, and it would be the final death knell for the community centre."
A VICAR has said the closure of a west Wirral post office would be the "death knell of independent living" for many elderly members of his parish.
But global warming could sound the death knell for old favourites, which may no longer thrive.
In the late 1950s, architects decided to ring the death knell on established material and tradesmen employed to erect buildings of character.