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[deth-bloh] /ˈdɛθˌbloʊ/
a blow causing death.
Origin of deathblow
1785-95; death + blow1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A great part of his life had been cut away and it seemed as though a deathblow had been dealt the boy.

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Unfortunately that proved the deathblow of the old Agricultural Society.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • To confound the two things is to deal a deathblow to all godly discipline and consequent purity in the assembly of God.

    The Assembly of God C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
  • Then after he had stopped the speed of his skees, he turned back and gave him his deathblow.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • It is in silence that a good brave man meetliest takes his deathblow.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
  • That their destruction was believed to be a deathblow is evident from Thucydides.

    Historical Parallels, vol 3 (of 3) Arthur Thomas Malkin
  • It goes on living and working when science has dealt it what should be its deathblow.

  • This was practically the deathblow to the Anglo-Castilian marriage.

    Mary Tudor, Queen of France Mary Croom Brown
British Dictionary definitions for deathblow


a thing or event that destroys life or hope, esp suddenly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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