deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ ˈdeth-ˌbed How to pronounce deathbed (audio) \

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 last 12 months included wrenching cutbacks, countless public apologies, last-ditch rescues and a dramatic deathbed decision that could prove the organization’s deliverance. oregonlive.com, "After a year of close calls, last-minute bailouts, Special Olympics of Oregon survives financial crisis," 7 July 2019 This deathbed embrace of Judaism by Raquel, a descendant of Sephardic Jews who had fled the Spanish Inquisition to Turkey and later moved to Brazil, is not unique. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "When elders reveal they are Jewish on their deathbeds, their children often return to Judaism," 27 June 2019 Naturally, there are deathbed statements to ponder, enigmatic codes to decipher and shocking secrets to unearth in the bowels of the Library of Congress, where all the most shocking secrets are kept (Shhhhh). The Washington Post, latimes.com, "Jake Tapper's thrilling, uneven McCarthy-era Washington drama, 'The Hellfire Club'," 4 May 2018 Naturally, there are deathbed statements to ponder, enigmatic codes to decipher and shocking secrets to unearth in the bowels of the Library of Congress, where all the most shocking secrets are kept (Shhhhh). Ron Charles, chicagotribune.com, "Jake Tapper's new thriller blows the lid off corruption in Washington," 24 Apr. 2018 Soon, through an unlikely set of circumstances, Zig is awash in the middle of a government conspiracy that revolves around magicians Harry Houdini and Horatio Green Cooke, who stood at Abraham Lincoln’s deathbed. Anita Porterfield, San Antonio Express-News, "A military mortician solves a mystery," 15 Mar. 2018 The scenes between Francatelli and Skerrett on her deathbed are so emotional. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Victoria Actress Nell Hudson on Why She Didn't Want a Fairytale Ending for Skerrett," 4 Feb. 2019 Curley had to tell people, many of whom were on their deathbeds, that the treatment was not yet ready. Erika Hayasaki, Newsweek, "Kanzius Cancer Machine Gets Its First Human Trial," 21 July 2015 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

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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 How to pronounce deathbed (audio) \

Kids Definition of deathbed

: the bed a person dies in
on someone's deathbed
: very close to death

deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ ˈdeth-ˌbed How to pronounce deathbed (audio) \

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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