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toll the death knell

To cause or signal the impending end or ruin of something, especially a business, organization, or activity. Refers to the sound of a bell ringing (the knell) from a church to indicate that someone has died. The geometric expansion of the Internet and digital media has tolled the death knell for countless print-based businesses around the world.
See also: death, knell, toll

sound the death knell

To cause or signal the impending end or ruin of something, especially a business, organization, or activity. (Refers to the sound of a bell ringing—the knell—from a church to indicate that someone has died.) The expansion of the Internet and digital media has sounded the death knell for countless print-based businesses around the world.
See also: death, knell, sound

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

sound the death knell

COMMON If something sounds the death knell for an activity or organization, it causes the activity or organization to end or fail. The announcement that the mine would close in March with the loss of more than 980 jobs sounded the death knell for the village. Some people fear that the decision to allow women to become priests sounds the death knell of the Church of England. Note: This expression has many variations. For example, you can use other verbs instead of sound, or simply use the death knell to describe something that causes something else to end or fail. The present system of industrialization marked the death knell of traditional art. A new supermarket in the area would be the death knell for many small, independent food shops. Note: A death knell is the ringing of a church bell at a funeral or to announce someone's death.
See also: death, knell, sound

ring the knell of

announce or herald the end of.
The image here is of the tolling of a bell to announce a death or funeral.
See also: knell, of, ring

sound the ˈdeath knell of something

be the reason why something ends, goes out of fashion, or is replaced: The arrival of large supermarkets sounded the death knell of many small local shops.
The death knell is the ringing of a bell to announce a person’s death.
See also: death, knell, of, something, sound
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Thomas went on: "It seems pretty certain that Paul Kenyon will be confronting at least two NGRC trainers: Lennie Knell, who recently resigned from Catford, and Steve Davis, the former Bristol and Swindon trainer who recently resigned from Oxford.
Glenn Hunter, a constant threat to the Glenavon defence, grabbed Ballymena's second goal just before the interval, swivelling to rifle a left-foot shot into the net after Mark Carlisle's free kick had been headed across by Philip Knell.
At the same time, researchers sounded the death knell for dextran sulfate, aone-promising AIDS treatment, and cautioned against bypassing standard procedures for drug approval.
The 'G' rating, which used to be considered a death knell for a film, now stands for Gold," said Kenneth Eade, company president.
MARK Knell has dismissed suggestions 1st Bangor are the team to beat in 1B this season after their opening day rout of Dunmurry Young Men.
That's not a death knell for a comedy with as much mayhem as ``Dream'' possesses, but you almost wish at times that the production were 15 minutes longer with a few of Shakespeare's pastoral monologues intact (sue me, I dig speeches about flowers).
LENNY KNELL is to join Catford and begins trialling runners there next week.
That overshadowed the efforts of Philip Knell, the last-gasp hero of Ballymena's first home win in the Premiership.
The measures not only signal Washington's displeasure with the way the nation's synfuels development program has been managed, but also sound what could be a death knell for large synfuels projects in the United States.
BY MAXIE SWAIN MARK Knell reckons it's all to play for in Division 1B after 1st Bangor announced their return to the promotion mix with a 4-2 defeat of Newcastle.
BALLYMENA United must emerge from the shadows and start challenging for silverware, says Philip Knell.
But it's not the death knell for hyperbaric oxygen.
MARK Knell conceded his side won ugly on Saturday as 1st Bangor set up a Border Cup quarter-final against Downpatrick with a 3-2 defeat of Shankill United.
A Phil Knell double helped the Premiership team to a predictable victory over Larne, beaten finalists when the Sky Blues last lifted the silverware in 1989.
MARK Knell is predicting a bright future for new 1st Bangor hotshot Danny McKee.