toll the death knell

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
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Their contemptible activity has started to toll the death knell for Gorsilaure.
This will toll the death knell of the village post office in thousands of rural communities.
This conclusion would toll the death knell to the pay-as-you-go method of accounting for OPEBs, which presently is used by the vast majority of companies providing benefits to retired employees.