sign (someone's) death warrant

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sign (someone's) death warrant

To knowingly do something that will bring someone trouble, disaster, ruin, or death. Many believe the new emissions law will sign the death warrant of local coal industries. His knowledge of the gang's financial practices essentially signed his death warrant when he chose to leave the organization.
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sign someone's death warrant

COMMON If someone signs another person or organization's death warrant, they cause their ruin or death. The summit in Moscow this week virtually signed the organization's death warrant. It was not too extreme to say that to identify her might be tantamount to signing her death warrant. Note: You can say that a person or organization signs their own death warrant if they behave in a way which causes their own ruin or death. The president persuaded Congress to sign its own death warrant by agreeing to a referendum. The day that he accused the King of murder was the day he signed his own death warrant, and he knew it. Note: A death warrant is used in many other structures with a similar meaning. The plan is seen by all sides as a death warrant for the state. His signal had been innocuous enough, but it would become his death warrant as soon as Pemberton was interrogated. Note: A death warrant is an official document which orders that someone is to be executed as a punishment for a crime.
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If government decided tomorrow to sign death warrants at a clip of three or four per month on those 94 individuals, the system could not handle it.
I am Canadian and we don't sign death warrants for women," the Etobicoke resident said.
He refused to sign death warrants, saying executions violated his Buddhist beliefs.
All three members of the Presidential Council, President Jalal Talabani and Vice Presidents Tariq al-Hashimi and Adil Abdul-Mahdi, must sign death warrants before executions can be carried out.
SADDAM Hussein did sign death warrants ordering the killing of 148 Shias, handwriting experts told his trial yesterday.