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nail in the coffin of (something)

An event, decision, action, etc., that can or will lead to the failure or cessation of something. The candidate's uncouth comment about the lower class was the final nail in the coffin of an already foundering campaign. That class action lawsuit could be a nail in the coffin of a company that has already seen its fair share of controversy.
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Qadri avoided giving a timeline for his protest campaign and said he would 'soon launch a campaign to put the last nail in the coffin of Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah.' He reiterated the Punjab chief minister and law minister were directly responsible for the killing of 14 people in Model Town, according to findings of the Justice Ali Baqir Najafi inquiry commission on the incident.
A UKIP councillor has apologised after a tweet on her Twitter feed said the election of a Muslim as mayor of London was "the first nail in the coffin of the UK".
Now, the traders have been asked to close shops at 8 pm which will be last nail in the coffin of their businesses.
Nails in coffin of industrial heritage READING in the Birmingham Mail (February 4) about yet another nail in the coffin of the area's industrial heritage enraged me to write in.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo will be the proverbial nail in the coffin of President Bashar Assad's government.
<![CDATA[ Nail in the coffin of the "social protest?" Grassroots group finds protest leader refused to serve in the IDF 'occupation army'.
Defender Senderos was axed for Sunday's defeat at Manchester United which put the final nail in the coffin of the Gunners' title challenge.
Given Smolenski's track record, this looks to be the final nail in the coffin of Blackpool's only car-maker.
The final nail in the coffin of vitalism was the successful synthesis of ammonia for fertilizer on an industrial scale in 1909.
The only thing anyone needs to know about adopting the euro is that it is the final nail in the coffin of Britain's sovereignty.
The appearance of Luca Mola's exhaustive case study of the silk industry in fifteenth -- and sixteenth -- century Venice is one more nail in the coffin of the depression thesis.
Jaskot has nonetheless put another nail in the coffin of Leon Krier's extraordinary attempt to exonerate the Nazi monuments by removing them from their political context.
I think the global credential could be another nail in the coffin of our rightfully proud profession.
"This bill is just one more nail in the coffin of family life," she said.
Called "another nail in the coffin of financial privacy" by Financial Privacy Report Publisher Mike Ketcher, the new rules would force anyone sending more than $750 abroad to provide identification to the financial institution wiring the money and have the transaction reported to the Treasury Department.