(a) nail in the coffin of something


(a) nail in the coffin of something
(a) nail in the coffin of (something) an action that will cause something to end.

This report on the effects of smoking is another nail in the coffin of the tobacco industry.

We thought the firings would put the final nail in the union's coffin, but in fact, the union has grown in size and importance.


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  • nail in the coffin of something — (a) nail in the coffin of (something) an action that will cause something to end. This report on the effects of smoking is another nail in the coffin of the tobacco industry. We thought the firings would put the final nail in the union s coffin,… …   New idioms dictionary

  • nail in the coffin of — (a) nail in the coffin of (something) an action that will cause something to end. This report on the effects of smoking is another nail in the coffin of the tobacco industry. We thought the firings would put the final nail in the union s coffin,… …   New idioms dictionary

  • nail in the coffin — A nail in someone or something s coffin is a problem or event that is a clear step towards an inevitable failure …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • nail in the coffin —    A nail in someone or something s coffin is a problem or event that is a clear step towards an inevitable failure.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • (a) nail in the coffin of — (something) an action that will cause something to end. This report on the effects of smoking is another nail in the coffin of the tobacco industry. We thought the firings would put the final nail in the union s coffin, but in fact, the union has …   New idioms dictionary

  • (a) nail in the coffin — a nail in the coffin phrase one of a series of events or actions that seriously harm someone or something These job losses are the final nail in the region’s coffin. Thesaurus: people and things that cause worry or problemshyponym small and minor …   Useful english dictionary

  • another nail in the coffin — an event which causes the failure of something that had already started to fail. I think that argument was the final nail in the coffin of our friendship. (usually + of) …   New idioms dictionary

  • a nail in the coffin — one of a series of events or actions that seriously harm someone or something These job losses are the final nail in the region s coffin …   English dictionary

  • nail in someone's or something's coffin — idi nail in someone s or something s coffin, something that hastens the demise or failure of a person or thing: Every moment s delay is another nail in his coffin[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • a nail in the/someone's coffin — see ↑nail, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑coffin a nail in the/someone s coffin : something that makes it more likely that someone or something will fail, be destroyed, etc. Every mistake is one more nail in the coffin of his professional baseball career.… …   Useful english dictionary