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the kiss of death #1 (permalink) Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:13 am   the kiss of death
 

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #382 "English Slang Idioms (113)", question 8

"We need to focus on selling a different product. As you know, the one we have been pushing was aimed at buyers from high society. Hanz Crankenborkel, as you know, has a lot of sway with the society types and he gave our product the ......... of death by saying, in front of the public dinner, that our product is too tawdry for his social status," Michael told the team.

(a) bane
(b) mark
(c) kiss
(d) tell

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #382 "English Slang Idioms (113)", answer 8

"We need to focus on selling a different product. As you know, the one we have been pushing was aimed at buyers from high society. Hanz Crankenborkel, as you know, has a lot of sway with the society types and he gave our product the kiss of death by saying, in front of the public dinner, that our product is too tawdry for his social status," Michael told the team.

Correct answer: (c) kiss

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Does to have a lot of sway mean to have a lot of influence on,effect on the society types?
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the kiss of death #2 (permalink) Sat Nov 13, 2010 16:19 pm   the kiss of death
 

Yes, it does.
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the kiss of death #3 (permalink) Thu Nov 18, 2010 18:23 pm   the kiss of death
 

Dear teachers,According to Cambridge Dictionary,sway is followed by 'over' but in the above example, 'with' is used instead.So which one do we have to use?can you please give some more examples?many thanks
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the kiss of death #4 (permalink) Thu Nov 18, 2010 23:36 pm   the kiss of death
 

Either works here.
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