death knell


Definition of death knell

2 : an action or event presaging death or destruction the coming of the power press was the death knell of the hand press

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First Known Use of death knell

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Death knell.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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