Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stroke or blow that causes death.
  • n. A destructive event or occurrence: dealt a deathblow to our hopes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strike or blow that leads to death, especially a coup de grace
  • n. Something that prevents the completion, or ends the existence of some project etc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mortal or crushing blow; a stroke or event which kills or destroys.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A blow causing death; a mortal blow.
  • n. Figuratively, something which destroys, extinguishes, or blights.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the blow that kills (usually mercifully)

Etymologies

death +‎ blow (Wiktionary)

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