That's All She Wrote Meaning
(idiomatic, US) Indicating an abrupt termination of a project, or of oneâ€™s hopes or plans.
Example: 1951, Jackie Brenston, â€œMy Real Gone Rocketâ€ (song):
If you see a long yellow streak of all fine smoke / Thatâ€™s my rocket pulling out, thatâ€™s all she wrote / [â€¦]
1951, Hank Williams, â€œDear Johnâ€ (song):
There was a note upon my door... I wonâ€™t be back no more / Thatâ€™s all she wrote, â€œDear Johnâ€.
1963, Johnny Cash, â€œJacksonâ€ (song):
[â€¦] Goodbye â€” thatâ€™s all she wrote.
1980, Bruce Springsteen, â€œThe Riverâ€ (song):
Then I got Mary pregnant and man that was all she wrote.
And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
1987, Deep Purple, â€œBlack And Whiteâ€ (song):
Inside information taken down note by note / A silent footstep thatâ€™s all she wrote.
1990, Firehouse, â€œAll She Wroteâ€ (song):
Bye bye, baby, bye-bye, she said in a letter. And that was all she wrote.
2004, Gaither Vocal Band, â€œI Catch â€™Em, God Cleans â€™Emâ€ (song):
He said a prayer, and that was all she wrote.
2004, Michael Graves, A+ Guide to PC Hardware Maintenance & Repair (page 525)
I get five short beeps when the machine starts to boot, and then that's all she wrote [â€¦]