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  • death blow — UK US noun [countable] [singular death blow plural death blows] an action or event that causes the sudden and complete end of something important deal a death blow to something: The injury dealt a death blow to his hopes of winning the final …   Useful english dictionary

  • death blow — n [singular] an action or event that makes something fail or end →↑death knell ▪ His decision to leave the show has delivered a death blow to the series …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • death|blow — «DEHTH BLOH», noun. 1. a blow that kills: »The knight received a deathblow early in the battle. 2. Figurative. a thing that puts an end (to something): »His illness was the deathblow to hopes for a trip to Europe …   Useful english dictionary

  • death blow — death ,blow noun count an action or event that causes the sudden and complete end of something important …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • death blow — also death blow N SING: oft N to n If you say that an event or action deals a death blow to something such as a plan or hope, or is a death blow to something, you mean that it puts an end to it. [JOURNALISM] The deportations would be a death blow …   English dictionary

  • death blow — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms death blow : singular death blow plural death blows an action or event that causes the sudden and complete end of something important deal a death blow to something: The injury dealt a death blow to his hopes… …   English dictionary

  • death-blow — see death blow …   English dictionary

  • death-blow — fatal blow, hit causing death, destructive event …   English contemporary dictionary

  • death-blow — …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) death blow — an action or an event which causes something to end or fail. This renewed outbreak of fighting has been seen as a death blow to any chance for peace. (usually + to) The scandal dealt a death blow to (= ended) his political ambitions …   New idioms dictionary

  • deal something a death blow — deal (something) a death blow to take an action that causes something to end or fail. New attacks dealt a death blow to the peace talks …   New idioms dictionary

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