death knell


noun

a harbinger of the end, death, or destruction of something.

Nearby words

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  2. death grant,
  3. death house,
  4. death in venice,
  5. death instinct,
  6. death mask,
  7. death metal,
  8. death of,
  9. death of a salesman,
  10. death of ivan ilyich, the

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British Dictionary definitions for death knell

death knell

death bell

noun

something that heralds death or destruction
a bell rung to announce a death
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with death knell

death knell

Something that indicates impending failure, as in His low scores sounded the death knell for his ambitions. The noun knell, used for the ringing of a bell since at least a.d. 1000, is rarely heard today except in this figurative phrase.

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