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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.
See also: death, knell
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Foundation hospitals could sound the death knell for the NHS, particularly if they prove to be successful.
The "GMB union believes that the decision could sound a death knell for many in the manufacturing industry.
A PROPOSED air tax may sound the death knell for low-cost airfares.
On October 7, even before the official death knell of the old orchestra tolled, Bales, who could see the coda on the wall, had announced the formation of Symphony San Jose Silicon Valley and advertised an initial season of four subscription concerts and three pops concerts.
AOL Time Warner and Random House have closed down their e-book divisions, leading industry speculators to sound the death knell of electronic publishing.
The death knell was rung for the diocese in 1999 when it was found jointly liable with the national church for 60 per cent of an undisclosed award to a man abused at a residential school in Lytton, B.
Failure to keep abreast of competitor innovations, new market entrants, substitute products or industry shifts can all sound the death knell for a business.
The use of an early computer to crack the German secret codes during WW2 sounded the death knell for traditional methods of cryptography which depended on substituting different characters or words for others.
The death knell was sounded when active services were stopped and Hotel Dieu was left with an Emergency Department which closed at 9:00 p.
THE LATEST--AND BLOODIEST-UPRIS-ing at Colomhia's largest penitentiary, the misnamed Modelo (Model) Prison, could signal the death knell for the embattled lockup.
A POLITICAL storm loomed last night as the death knell sounded for car production at Ford's famous Dagenham plant.
The death knell for LG Semiconductor's $2bn Newport, UK-based chip project may have been sounded by the successful completion of merger talks between LG and Hyundai Group.
They sound a death knell for theories of distant origins for the most potent cosmic rays, says Alexander Vilenkin of Tufts University in Medford, Mass.