death knell


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death knell

or

death bell

n
1. something that heralds death or destruction
2. (Music, other) a bell rung to announce a death
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.death knell - an omen of death or destruction
omen, portent, prognostic, prognostication, presage, prodigy - a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle"
2.death knell - a bell rung to announce a death
bell - a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
Translations
rintocco funebre
References in classic literature ?
Its recurrence was regular, but as slow as the tolling of a death knell.
When the spectral procession approached the altar, each couple separated, and slowly diverged, till, in the centre, appeared a form, that had been worthily ushered in with all this gloomy pomp, the death knell, and the funeral.
Forcing a large proportion of clientele out onto the street in order to smoke will effectively sound the death knell for the traditional Irish pub, both for Irish and overseas customers," he warned.
THE death knell was sounded when Daniella Westbrook turned up dressed top to toe in Burberry.
BBC Director-General Greg Dyke is expected to sound the death knell for the BBC1's long-standing Nine O'Clock News tonight in a keynote speech.
Friends of the Earth energy campaigner Bryony Worthington said: "The White Paper will hopefully sound the death knell for nuclear power.
Mr Ford says the response effectively sounds the death knell for any form of transfer fee system and scuppers efforts to modify it to bring in a compensation package for clubs losing young players.
The death knell sounded for Tiggy the day she kissed and hugged Prince Harry as the two were leaving church at Sandringham.
With the performance, price points and low latency of the S2410, IT managers will, for the first time, be able to cost effectively deliver 10 Gig connectivity to servers as well as build easy to manage, high performance 10 Gig-based clusters, potentially signaling the death knell for Infiniband.
That's not a death knell for a comedy with as much mayhem as ``Dream'' possesses, but you almost wish at times that the production were 15 minutes longer with a few of Shakespeare's pastoral monologues intact (sue me, I dig speeches about flowers).
But it's not the death knell for hyperbaric oxygen.