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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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day of doom

1. The end of the world; judgment day. Every year, another nut job comes on the air, talking about how we're coming close to the day of doom and that we must all repent our sins.
2. By extension, any moment characterized by catastrophe, disaster, or complete ruination. The day of doom in my life was the day my daughter was killed by a drunk driver. It was a day of doom on Wall Street, as the property bubble burst and the economy plummeted to historic lows.
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merchant of doom

A person who always focuses on the potential negative outcomes of a situation. I refuse to watch the evening news anymore because the reporters have all become merchants of doom.
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prophet of doom

A person who always warns others about possible negative consequences of decisions or actions. Don't tell Rodney about your new plan—he's such a prophet of doom that he'll completely kill your motivation.
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doom (someone or something) to (something)

To condemn someone to something, such as a particular fate. The rest of the department gave me all of their paperwork at the same time and doomed me to a day of filing.
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doom and gloom

(A situation) characterized by negativity or futility. The situation isn't all doom and gloom—there are still plenty of good schools that did accept you!
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gloom and doom

(Characterized by) negativity or futility. The situation isn't all gloom and doom—there are still plenty of good schools that did accept you!
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doom someone or something to something

to destine someone or something to something unpleasant. The judgment doomed her to a life in prison. Your insistence on including that rigid clause doomed the contract to failure.
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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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doom and gloom

a general feeling of pessimism or despondency.
This expression, sometimes found as gloom and doom , was particularly pertinent to fears about a nuclear holocaust during the cold war period of the 1950s and 1960s. It became a catchphrase in the 1968 film Finian's Rainbow.
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ˌdoom and ˈgloom


ˌgloom and ˈdoom

a general feeling of having lost all hope and of pessimism (= expecting things to go badly): Despite the obvious setbacks, it’s not all doom and gloom for the England team.
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a ˌprophet of ˈdoom


a ˈdoom merchant

a person who always expects that things will go very badly: Various prophets of doom have suggested that standards in education are worse than ever.
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Those intentions defy prediction and the individual who tries to do so is doomed to lose.
HISTORY SHOWS THAT FINANCIAL MARKETS ARE NEITHER rational nor efficient, and any investment strategy that ignores that fact is doomed to failure.
It is doomed in that it will not stave off "excess" demand for high technology.
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I really appreciate their sludgy and doomed toxic cirrhosis.
What we are trying to show is you are not doomed, you do have hope.
But then the Kings went back into the same hole that nearly doomed them in Tuesday's narrow victory at Nashville.
Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's superb documentary captures Gilliam's valiantly doomed attempt to make a movie from Miguel de Cervantes' classic novel.
The story revolves around events on the stage of the Kit Kat Club, the insidious growth of Nazism and two doomed relationships - the strange attraction of homosexual Cliff for Sally, and Cliff's elderly landlady Fraulein Schneider's (Barbara Andres) romance with Herr Schultz (Dick Latessa), a Jewish fruit merchant.
The first, Dimension of the Doomed, became available for downloading through the Internet in June.
Anybody that believes all that, of course, is doomed.