sign one's own death warrant

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of sign one's own death warrant

:to do something that will cause one's own death
  • If you share needles with other drug users, you're signing your own death warrant.

Word by Word Definitions

sign play
  1. : a motion or gesture by which a thought is expressed or a command or wish made known

  2. : signal

  3. : a fundamental linguistic unit that designates an object or relation or has a purely syntactic function

  1. : cross

  2. : to place a sign on or mark by signs

  3. : to represent or indicate by a sign

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself

death play
  1. : a permanent cessation of all vital (see vital 2a) functions : the end of life — compare brain death

  2. : an instance of dying

  3. : the cause or occasion of loss of life

warrant play
  1. : sanction, authorization

  2. : guarantee, security

  3. : ground, justification

  1. : to declare or maintain with certainty : be sure that

  2. : to assure (a person) of the truth of what is said

  3. : to guarantee to a person good title to and undisturbed possession of (something, such as an estate)


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