deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ˈdeth-ˌbed \

Definition of deathbed 

1 : the bed in which a person dies

2 : the last hours of life

on one's deathbed

: near the point of death

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The deathbed promise made was to Petitet’s mother, and there are indeed a couple of visits to the cemetery in her honor — but the story would have worked almost as well without it. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Petitet': Film Review," 11 July 2018 This battle with tech companies was Time Warner ’s TWX 1.80% primary argument in favor of its acquisition by AT&T. As a result, Steve Jobs’s famous deathbed promise to reinvent broadcast TV hasn’t happened. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why You Will See Bigger, Not Cheaper, Cable Bundles," 13 June 2018 Mortally wounded in the abdomen, Crafton lingered for three days before dying, but not before allegedly forgiving Peachy in a deathbed admission. Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, "Honest Abe is courtroom star in Dan Abrams' entertaining history, 'Lincoln's Last Trial'," 6 June 2018 My 86-year-old grandmother was literally on her deathbed in June of 2014. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Learning to Be Funny," 9 July 2018 Other provocative Benetton advertisements by Mr. Toscani include a nun kissing a priest, an AIDS patient on his deathbed and Pope Benedict XVI kissing an Egyptian imam. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Benetton ‘Migrants’ Ads Draw Outrage for Using Photos of Real Migrants," 21 June 2018 Zhadan’s apostles encounter one another at weddings, funerals, bars, and deathbeds. Linda Kinstler, Longreads, "Angrily Experiencing the Best Days of Our Lives," 27 June 2018 Jackson was comforting his 4-year-old sister, Addy, on her deathbed. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Dad shares heartbreaking photo of son comforting dying 4-year-old sister," 11 June 2018 Even on his deathbed, Hamilton reportedly admitted to not setting the hair trigger, providing compelling evidence that the former Treasury secretary didn't have any deadly intentions that July day. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of deathbed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ˈdeth-ˌbed \

Kids Definition of deathbed

: the bed a person dies in

on someone's deathbed

: very close to death

deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ˈdeth-ˌbed \

Medical Definition of deathbed 

1 : the bed in which a person dies

2 : the last hours of life

on one's deathbed

: near the point of death

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