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drive a nail into one's coffin

drive a nail into one's coffin in Culture

drive a nail into one's coffin definition


To do something that causes you serious and permanent harm: “I told my uncle that every time he lights a cigarette, he's driving another nail into his coffin.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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