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death knell

noun
1.
a harbinger of the end, death, or destruction of something.
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British Dictionary definitions for death knell

death knell

noun
1.
something that heralds death or destruction
2.
a bell rung to announce a death
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Idioms and Phrases with death knell

death knell

Something that indicates impending failure, as in His low scores sounded the death knell for his ambitions. The noun knell, used for the ringing of a bell since at least a.d. 1000, is rarely heard today except in this figurative phrase.
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