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coffin nail

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coffin nail finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
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Idioms

Nail in the coffin - A nail in someone or something's coffin is a problem or event that is a clear step towards an inevitable failure.
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Usage

In literature:

The last nail in the coffin of party monopoly and corruption.
"The Arena" by Various
The old saying is, that every sigh drives a nail in one's coffin.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
But to-day's news has driven another nail into her coffin.
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
Before the coffin lid was nailed down, Mary took one more look at her father.
"The Basket of Flowers" by Christoph von Schmid
This murder was a nail in the Kid's coffin, for Carlyle was well liked at White Oaks.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
Did you ever dream you were nailed fast in your coffin?
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
I've brought folks through after the nails were ready to be driven into their coffins.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
The cigarette (known as the Demon Cigarette, the Filthy Weed, and the Coffin Nail) had been a dreadful struggle.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
Put down those cards and chuck that coffin-nail into the stove.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Elizabeth's neglect had been another nail in the coffin of his friendly trust.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
I once drove in coffin nails to that tune in Verona.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
It was one of those early unimagined nails people sometimes drive in their own coffins.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
And it's one more nail, thank God, in the coffin of our odious delay.
"The Wings of the Dove, Volume II" by Henry James
The tariff of 1879 was the last nail in the coffin of the old colonial system.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
Meanwhile, the crew had made a coffin and laid the body in it: there was nothing more to do but to nail the lid down.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Every time I hear Electra say 'grandmother' it's like a nail in my coffin.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
And the non-arrival of the Himalayan rabbits was only another nail in his coffin.
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame
And the rain beat, beat, and it sounded more and more like the droppings of earth upon a nailed down coffin-lid.
"The Sword of Damocles" by Anna Katharine Green
Unconsciously, perhaps, she had driven the last, long nail into his coffin.
"In And Out" by Edgar Franklin
I like a good pipe or a cigar, but I'm blessed if I can go those coffin nails!
"A Quarter-Back's Pluck" by Lester Chadwick
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In news:

The current campaign has more to do with putting a nail in the coffin of authoritarianism than with seeking formal independence.
As if the NBC Olympic coverage couldn't get any worse, they put the final nail in the coffin last night.
Romantic comedy coffin gets another nail.
Loss of Hutchison puts another nail in bipartisan coffin .
The Final Nail In the Discredited Keynesian Coffin .
Another Nail In Kodak's Coffin .
Firefox Pounds Another Nail Into RIM's Coffin .
One more nail in the coffin : Jeb Bush endorses Romney.
Another Nail In the Coffin For Good Taste.
Tape is the nail in the coffin in a dying Romney effort to reach the White House.
A ' nail in the coffin' for efforts to stop welfare changes in Michigan.
When it does, orphaned R&D dollars could be the last nail in Big Pharma's coffin.
One More Nail in the Coffin.
Before the e-book revolution, self- publishing "used to be taboo, a nail in the coffin for writers," she says.
(AP) — Hardware store manager Mike Dowling wants to be clear: His shovels might slow an attacking zombie, but you'll need something else to put the final nail in the creature's coffin.
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