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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 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

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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Speaking to reporters in Dubai, he said, 'The whole thing is doomed.
The minute details of the landscape, the doomed expeditions--both Scott's and Uncle Victor's--and the imagined mind and heart of Sym as she survives and becomes reborn in a way: these are the elements of this story that make it unusual and challenging.
As part of the plan, it was revealed that the large and lovely fountain sitting in the middle of the outside complex and many of its adjoining pools is doomed because it gets in the way of grading.
It intimidates guys," Am I doomed to be single forever?
As we look at these challenges, we must never give in to the belief that America is in decline, or that our culture is doomed to unravel.
In 2705 Mars, womanologist Kendar looks back three centuries to doomed heroine Sara, a Martian archeologist, who tried to shut down a machine that ultimately obliterated the female population.
The bubble taught a lesson that, nearly three centuries later, many otherwise sensible individuals have yet to absorb: Financial markets are neither rational nor efficient, and any investment strategy that ignores that fact is doomed to failure.
So, the Fed's tightening bias is doomed, sooner or later.
Although he ran successfully to fill a vacant Senate seat in 1954 (beating the state organization's handpicked candidate and becoming the first person ever elected to the Senate by a write-in vote), he was doomed by the times and his principles to a stance of perpetual opposition, whatever party was in power.
Through an accident of timing, the magazine has been doomed to spend most of its adolescence and all of its adult years on the wrong side of history, By 1992, when George Bush is running for reelection after four years of protecting the Pledge of Allegiance from all enemies domestic and foreign, the Democrats will have spent 20 of the preceding 24 years fantasizing about being invited to an Inaugural Ball.
QUAKE alarms, rigged by fanatical gamers, alerted the faithful id watchers that the Dimension of the Doomed shareware episode was available for downloading.
Do not let the fact that not a single person in America has died from the bird flu fool you, we are doomed.
Their previous works, Snailking and Godlike Snake, are just the tip of the iceberg compared to the holy mother of doom that piece of doomed brilliance offers.
I say, let's realize all our relationships (save that one involving a day in a white dress) are doomed.
The QUAKE shareware takes place in the first of four worlds, Dimension of the Doomed, a highly industrial site.