a nail in the/someone's coffin

Definition of a nail in the/someone's coffin

: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

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

coffin play
  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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to suppress quietly or indirectly

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