1.1Used to refer to the imminent destruction or failure of something: the chaos may sound the death knell for the peace plan
More example sentences
- 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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