Definition of death knell in English:

death knell

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  • 1The tolling of a bell to mark someone’s death.
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    • Livra's words had set a bell tolling the death knell in the king's head.
    • Then he had vanished entirely, and she was left with her heart beginning to pound like a bell's death knell.
  • 1.1Used to refer to the imminent destruction or failure of something: the chaos may sound the death knell for the UN peace plan
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    • They have been joined by Scottish oyster farmers who fear the warning could sound the death knell for their industry, which is estimated to be worth £1.5m a year.
    • For a health care system already on life support due to extreme budget cuts, the extraction of $500,000,000 dollars would be the death knell.
    • It is hard to know for sure when - or whether - the death knell for a species has tolled.

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