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The poll should be interpreted as the death knell of her campaign.
  the sound of a bell rung slowly — especially to announce death or a funeral


announcing the demise or end of something
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  • The poll should be interpreted as the death knell of her campaign.
  • The electric-chair knell of the doorbell sounded through the house again.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Let us all ring fancy’s knell:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Today it was not just telling us that in five minutes mass would begin, today it was crying the knell of Lupito.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima

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  • If ever another wedding were so dismal, it was that famous one where they tolled the wedding knell.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • In front of it were two yellow buses, our own tormentor and one that brought students from the other direction, and loitering students awaiting the knell of the morning bell.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Like a leaden knell the words came back at him: WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Never did funeral knell, never did alarm-bell, produce a greater effect on the hearer.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • —What death-knell rings in it, that old Ahab shakes as if he were the belfry.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • A knell from the church bell broke harshly on these youthful thoughts.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • (I found out later that the dorado is famed for its death-knell iridescence.) At last it lay still and dull-coloured, and I could remove the hook.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • These words fell like the knell of doom — "All those top-knots must be cut off."
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • After the psalmodies, the bells, the peals, and knells and offices, the sound of these little girls burst forth on a sudden more sweetly than the noise of bees.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Cannon to the south, and they might be tolling the knell of Atlanta’s fall.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • As he followed Watson through the door, the words echoed back to him like a knell, accompanied by a sharp snap-like a breaking pencil lead.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • What is here told," he laid his hand heavily and gravely on the packet of papers as he spoke, "may be the beginning of the end to you and me and many another, or it may sound the knell of the UnDead who walk the earth.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Chauvelin spoke curtly and to the point, and every word he uttered struck at Marguerite’s heart like the death-knell of her fondest hopes.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The sleep into which I now sank refreshed me; and when I awoke, I again felt as if I belonged to a race of human beings like myself, and I began to reflect upon what had passed with greater composure; yet still the words of the fiend rang in my ears like a death-knell; they appeared like a dream, yet distinct and oppressive as a reality.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The knell has sounded for capitalist private property, Marx would say.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The clatter of his precious pans as they fell down into the dark was like a death-knell to his heart.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • So Sir Bors by fortune rode so long till he came to the same chapel where Sir Launcelot was; and so Sir Bors heard a little bell knell, that rang to mass; and there he alighted and heard mass.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • He had a singular red cap on, — not like a sailor’s cap, but of a finer colour; and as the few yielding planks between him and destruction rolled and bulged, and his anticipative death-knell rung, he was seen by all of us to wave it.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • To this fair creation of the great Middle-Age the Dissolution was, as historians tell us, the death-knell.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • One by one the sullen sounds fell successively on the ear, leaving but sufficient space for each to die away in distant echo, ere the air was again filled by repetition of the iron knell.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • — Go, play, boy, play:—thy mother plays, and I Play too; but so disgrac’d a part, whose issue Will hiss me to my grave: contempt and clamour Will be my knell.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • And the clock, in the altar on which Iphigenia was situated, beginning, after a preparatory convulsion, to toll twelve, the mere tolling seemed as if it would last until one—so prolonged was the knell to the anxious spinster.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Every hackle on his body rose, and he knew that very soon she would, like all of her sisters before her, put to him the death-knell question "Where you been?"
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • There was such a shock of apprehension in his face, and he knew Richard so perfectly, and I too had seen so much of his gradual decay, that what my dear girl had said to me in the fullness of her foreboding love sounded like a knell in my ears.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • When he was brought again to the bar, to hear His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr’d With such an agony, he sweat extremely, And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • …she had to keep hidden not only from her father but from the two negresses, who might have told Mr Coldfield—whipping lace out of ravelled and hoarded string and thread and sewing it onto garments while news came of Lincoln’s election and of the fall of Sumpter and she scarce listening, hearing and losing the knell and doom of her native land between two tedious and clumsy stitches on a garment which she would never wear and never remove for a man whom she was not even to see alive.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • This wild deep Roo—ooo was the knell of the buffalo.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • The sound was a deep-throated bronze booming, coming faster with each knell.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • The knell of those words affects my memory of a time when in fact they were not heard at all.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Be this sweet Helen’s knell, and now forget her.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • In the words "as usual," and again in her added, "mine, at all events," there seemed an ominous knell of some evil to come.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Yet, at the moment, from high up in the carved crevices of the arch, floated down the low, strange wail of wind—a knell indeed for all that had gone.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea, The plowman homeward plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
    Thomas Gray  --  Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
  • Those bitter words of Cleve’s, as if he mocked himself, were the last Joan heard, and they rang in her ears and seemed to reverberate through her dazed mind like a knell of doom.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • So Sir Bors by fortune rode so long till he came to the same chapel where Sir Launcelot was; and so Sir Bors heard a little bell knell, that rang to mass; and there he alighted and heard mass.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • The gong clanged and knelled.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Knell, come in heah.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • You’ll hear Oldring’s knell!
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • It is the knell, Monsieur Madeleine.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There is the knell.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Knell stepped up, and it was easy to see, from the way Fletcher relinquished his part in the situation, that a man greater than he had appeared upon the scene.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • Knell’s words cut the air, stilled the room.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • When the wind blows a gale in the caves it makes what the rustlers call Oldring’s knell.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Ah! yes, now I hear the knell, reverend Mother.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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