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[deth-bloh] /ˈdɛθˌbloʊ/
a blow causing death.
Origin of deathblow
1785-95; death + blow1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deathblow
  • 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 method.
  • 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 decades.
  • Nuclear power's success was short-lived and it suffered a near deathblow from the combination of several events.
British Dictionary definitions for deathblow


a thing or event that destroys life or hope, esp suddenly
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