final nail in the coffin

final nail in the coffin

An event, decision, action, etc., that seals, confirms, or ultimately leads to the failure of a situation or event that has already begun to fail. The candidate's uncouth comments toward the lower class were the final nail in the coffin of an already foundering campaign.
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Ironically, the recent celebrations of the fight for universal suffrage only serve to illustrate that the Brexit referendum has proved the final nail in the coffin of our unreformed firstpast-the-post voting system which denies most of us any real choice in how we are governed.
The Punjab law minister also termed the whole Panama Papers and Nawaz Sharif's disqualification as a 'drama', stating that the final nail in the coffin for the entire episode would be Sharif's arrest.
The final nail in the coffin came nine minutes from the break when Gary Sice burst in from the right and blasted to the roof of the net.
Asked if his brief flirtation with reality TV had broken his marriage, Fergus replied: "It was the final nail in the coffin, but it wasn't just that.
The loss of Annie Othen's regular morning programme was also a bitter blow and losing Shane is the final nail in the coffin.
Indeed such a change could be the final nail in the coffin of the Lib Dem party.
Ynys Gybi councillor Jeff Evans said: "Closure of the crown offices will be the final nail in the coffin for businesses and town centres.
A penalty could have given Succop another chance to hammer the final nail in the coffin on the Chargers' playoff hope, but they went on to win the match and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers for the final wildcard AFC playoff spot.
In response to a question about the impact of the security situation on the tourism season, Abboud considered "the Ruwais explosion was the final nail in the coffin of tourism," stressing that there would be no tourism without political stability and security.
The final nail in the coffin must be high-profile party member Adil Bhatti's decision to resign following their position over NATO.
Society Rock was the final nail in the coffin but it does mean there will be well over pounds 500,000 up for grabs next weekend.
This is the man that was happy to hammer the final nail in the coffin of MG Rover, putting thousands on the dole and dealing a huge blow to UK manufacturing.
Retailers have warned that Tesco's new fuel price deal could be the final nail in the coffin for independent forecourts.
Now the final nail in the coffin has been left to the Coalition who have announced the "For Sale Notice" and workers owed millions in the pension fund are left with no answer on it.
IN the light of the final decision to mothball the largest steelworks in Europe, with politicians on Teesside scouring Europe for a buyer, I must emphasise that it is not the final nail in the coffin for the once proud British steelworkers of Teesside.