a nail in the/someone's coffin

Definition of a nail in the/someone's coffin

  1. :  something that makes it more likely that someone or something will fail, be destroyed, etc. Every mistake is one more nail in the coffin of his professional baseball career. The lawyers put another nail in her coffin today.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a horny sheath protecting the upper end of each finger and toe of humans and most other primates

    :  a structure (such as a claw) that terminates a digit and corresponds to a nail

    :  a slender usually pointed and headed fastener designed to be pounded in

  1. :  to fasten with or as if with a nail

    :  to fix in steady attention

    :  catch, trap

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a box or chest for burying a corpse — compare casket

  1. :  to enclose in or as if in a coffin

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a trip made at another's expense

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