“The final nail in the coffin”

The final nail in the project’s coffin was hammered a little more than a month after the federal cheque had been cut.
–Vito Pilieci, Ottawa Citizen, Dec. 1.

Just when it appeared that Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was about the put the final nail in Toronto’s coffin, scrimmaging from the Toronto eight yard line with five minutes to play, Kamar Jorden fumbled…
–Bill Beacon, Canadian Press, Nov. 27.

Then Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former US President Barack Obama put the final nail in the coffin — a five year moratorium on offshore drilling leases in Arctic waters.
–Hilary Bird, CBC, Nov. 13.

There’s no exact explanation for why one time is better than another for a sea change, but plenty of theories abound as to why now has seemingly become the time for holding nothing back—one being the belief that the outcome of last year’s presidential election put the final nail in the coffin of women’s tolerance of men not only getting away with things, but with being rewarded despite being accused of unacceptable behavior.
–Natalie Finn, E! News Canada, Nov. 11.

The secret recording of Kanye and Taylor’s phone conversation was the final nail in the coffin for some. A smoking gun which provided all the evidence her harshest critics needed to confirm their suspicions…
–Melanie Bromley E! News Canada, Nov. 9.

The retailer had been in decline since the 2008 economic downturn, but the 2.0 plan drove the final nail in its coffin, according to [Eddie] Lampert and his hedge fund firm ESL Partners.
–Sophia Harris, CBC, Oct. 24.

Normally, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk’s complete evisceration of how Premier Kathleen Wynne plans to pay for her “Fair Hydro Plan” would be an election game changer. That is, the final nail in the coffin of the Wynne government’s financial credibility, leading to its defeat at the polls in June.
–Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun, Oct. 17.

In an attempt to put the final nail in the coffin on concerns over a CRA edict that suggested the tax agency was changing its approach to taxable employee discounts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Let me be blunt: we are not going to tax anyone’s employee discounts.”
–Rachel Aiello, CTV News, Oct. 15.

For Umingmaktok the final nail in the coffin came in the mid-1990s when a hostel associated with the residential school in Cambridge Bay was shut down.
–Ivan Semeniuk, Globe and Mail Sept. 8.

Members would be wise not to give in to the temptation of succumbing to the sloganeering of Ashton. By doing so they would relegate their party to another third-place finish, and drive the final nail into the coffin of the legacy of Jack Layton.
–James Di Fiore, Huffington Post Canada, Sept. 7.

WINNER (TIE): CBC (2); E! News Canada (2)

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One comment on ““The final nail in the coffin”
  1. wolfkir says:

    That cliche made no sense back when coffins were actually nailed shut. The body inside was already quite dead before the first nail was hammered in, right? Oh, never mind.

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