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sign (one's) own death warrant

To knowingly do something that will bring one trouble, punishment, or harm (and perhaps literally one's death). If you stay out past curfew again, you know you're signing your own death warrant, right? Testifying against the mob boss is like signing your own death warrant.
See also: death, own, sign, warrant

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.
See also: death, sign, warrant

put out a warrant (on someone)

 and send out a warrant (on someone)
to issue a warrant for the arrest of someone. The police put out a warrant on Max. We sent out a warrant on Lefty "Fingers" Moran at the same time.
See also: out, put, warrant

sign one's own death warrant

Fig. to do something (knowingly) that will most likely result in severe trouble. (As if one were ordering one's own execution.) I wouldn't ever gamble a large sum of money. That would be signing my own death warrant. The killer signed his own death warrant when he walked into the police station and gave himself up.
See also: death, own, sign, warrant

sign one's own death warrant

Bring about one's own downfall, do oneself irreparable harm, as in In taking his secretary to a risqué nightclub, the parish priest was signing his own death warrant . This expression may refer to acts that ensure someone's later murder, as when, in 1921, the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins signed the peace treaty he had negotiated with England and said, "I tell you, I have signed my death warrant." Thirteen months later Collins was assassinated by political opponents. The expression is also used hyperbolically, however, for severe repercussions or punishments. [First half of 1900s] Also see shoot oneself in the foot.
See also: death, own, sign, warrant

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.
See also: death, sign, warrant

sign your own death warrant

do something that ensures your own demise or downfall.
See also: death, own, sign, warrant

sign your own ˈdeath warrant

do something that results in your own death, defeat or failure: By refusing to play pop music this new radio station is signing its own death warrant.
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Rule 41(b)(4) Authority to Issue the Warrant: A magistrate judge in the district where the device will be installed may issue a warrant to install a tracking device.
A dilemma exists when warrants are issued to shareholders who are also service providers.
When warrants or options are part of a loan package, part of the proceeds is allocated to the warrants, creating OID, which is amortizable over the life of the loan.
Warrants need to be based on probable cause, a determination that must be made by a magistrate.
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Each unit consists of one share of common stock and two warrants, each warrant entitling the holder to purchase one share of common stock.
With a force of just over 400 full-time law enforcement officers, the department found itself plagued with thousands of outstanding warrants.
In TAM 200334001, the IRS National Office determined that a controlled corporation's sale of warrants to its parent's (Taxpayers) affiliate, in connection with Taxpayer's spinoff of the controlled corporation, was not a bargain sale, because the sale was at ann's length.
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One idea was to issue customers warrants to motivate them to purchase a certain amount of product.
Searches and seizures conducted pursuant to validly authorized and executed search warrants are very common law enforcement practices.
The fourth closing will occur within five business days after the date that an initial resale registration statement for the shares underlying the notes and warrants issued in the private placement is declared effective by the SEC.
With interest rates at historic lows, many companies are taking advantage of the low cost of capital and issuing debt Some closely held companies are "buying down" rates by issuing stock warrants with their debt.
The court, however, decided that the agents' failure to obtain the warrants at the first opportunity was only one factor to consider in determining whether they deliberately created the exigency, and that factor was not dispositive.
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