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English definition of “a knockout blow”

a knockout blow

an event or action that causes someone or something to fail: Already out of training, the latest illness has dealt her hopes of a gold medal a knockout blow.Accidents and disastersDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesFailures
(Definition of a knockout blow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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