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Last nail in the coffin

Posted by SR on June 10, 2004

In Reply to: Last nail in the coffin posted by ESC on June 10, 2004

: : As we were leaving a staff meeting this morning, a colleague mumbled, "Well, that's the last nail in the coffin!" I checked the archive and found nothing. Any help on the origin? I can see it as being both positive and negative. Which is correct?

: Old wooden coffins were nailed down before burial. So the "last nail" is a negative -- the thing that finishes you off. "He got drunk at the office Christmas party. That was the last nail in his coffin."

: I'm trying to think of some positive sayings for the last step in a process. Anyone?

: Something along the lines of "the cherry on top of the sundae?"