sound the death knell for something

sound the death knell for something
sound the death knell for (something) to cause something to end.

Everyone likes e-mail, but it hasn't sounded the death knell for snail mail quite yet.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of sound the death knell (= to ring a church bell slowly to announce a person's death)

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