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What is the meaning of ‘final nail in the coffin’?

(S. Pooja, Mavelikara)

A coffin as you know is something that people are buried in. In the old days, the lid had to be nailed in. The act of hammering in the final nail, signified that the body inside the coffin was ready to be buried. Therefore, when you say that something was the final nail in the coffin, what you mean is that it is the end of something. It could be an event that causes harm or helps bring about the downfall of something or someone.

*The report in the newspaper is another nail in the coffin of the corrupt Minister.

S. UPENDRAN

upendrankye@gmail.com

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