a nail in the/someone's coffin

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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.

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“A nail in the/someone's coffin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20nail%20in%20the%2Fsomeone%27s%20coffin. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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