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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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Before embarking on an in-depth examination of the role of fate and doom in The Silmarillion and Germanic mythology, it is necessary to get an idea of the semantic field of these words, for they do not avail themselves of a singular, all-encompassing definition.
As can be seen above, one of the major concepts associated with doom (and sometimes fate) is judgment.
Closely tied in with the notion of judgment as one's fate or doom is the personification thereof, as is transparent, for example, in Mandos, "the Doomsman of the Valar" (19).
In The Silmarillion, there is no concrete persona of fate aside from Mandos, but on many occasions, fate and doom appear to be operating as agents independent of any other power.
Turin Turambar, perhaps the singularly most hapless character in all of Tolkien's works, finds himself similarly guided by fate and doom (ironically, his title turambar means 'master of doom,' cf.
Doom caught the attention of Commissioner John Rees in 2005 while participating in a pilot program called the Executive Leadership Program.
Paying special attention to inmates' rights, Doom and her staff are still working with family, district and circuit court judges and county court clerks to make video conferencing the choice for inmate court appearances throughout Kentucky's Department of Corrections.
In 2006, Doom received the Commissioner's Award, which is presented annually to a staff member for "outstanding efforts in the field of corrections.
As deputy warden, Doom has also been very active in updating the institution's policies to meet ACA standards.
BLOOD OF THE SUN S/t (Brainticket)--Need some relief from the doom and gloom?
And yes, crushing traditional doom it is, right in the vein of a meatier St Vitus.
Ramesses/Negativa Reaction (split CD / PsycheDOOMelic)--Mark and Tim from Electric Wizard give their take on volumized cosmic-driven blues doom.
Starchild (s/t/12th Records)--Best damn spaced-out drug doom I've lent an ear to lately, believe it.
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