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deathblow

[deth-bloh] /ˈdɛθˌbloʊ/
noun
1.
a blow causing death.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; death + blow1
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  • The deathblow is delivered with a quick thrust of the sharp bill, and the prey is swallowed whole.
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  • 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

deathblow

/ˈdɛθˌbləʊ/
noun
1.
a thing or event that destroys life or hope, esp suddenly
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