a blow causing death.

1785–95; death + blow1 Unabridged
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deathblow (ˈdɛθˌbləʊ)
a thing or event that destroys life or hope, esp suddenly

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Example sentences
The deathblow is delivered with a quick thrust of the sharp bill, and the prey
  is swallowed whole.
It's a fascinating result, but one that isn't a deathblow for priming as a
Despite the help that poured in during the following weeks, residents feared
  that their town had suffered a deathblow.
The result was a near deathblow to the industry, which was frozen in place for
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