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on one's deathbed

Definition of on one's deathbed

  1. :  in the bed that one will soon die in <She made a startling confession on her deathbed.> —often used figuratively to say that someone is very close to dying or very sick <She's convinced that the old man is on his deathbed, but he looks healthy enough to me.>

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  1. :  the bed in which a person dies

    :  the last hours of life

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