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deathbed

[deth-bed] /ˈdɛθˌbɛd/
noun
1.
the bed on which a person dies:
The museum contains Lincoln's deathbed.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, said, or done during the last few hours of a person's life:
a deathbed confession.
Idioms
3.
on one's deathbed, in the last few hours before death.
Origin of deathbed
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, deathbed is from the Middle English word deethbed. See death, bed
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  • They will be more apt to understand from the telegram that you're on your deathbed.

  • My poor governess, lying rigid on her deathbed, had a man's face.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I swear it to you on my deathbed; I swear it to you before God!

  • Cap'n Eben, on his deathbed, asked Dr. Parker and me to be witnesses to the engagement.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Gervase, with his dying breath, exclaimed: "This stone shall be my deathbed!"

    Hampstead and Marylebone Geraldine Edith Mitton
British Dictionary definitions for deathbed

deathbed

/ˈdɛθˌbɛd/
noun
1.
  1. the bed in which a person is about to die
  2. (as modifier): a deathbed conversion
2.
on one's deathbed, about to die
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Word Origin and History for deathbed
n.

Old English, "the grave," from death (n.) + bed (n.). Meaning "bed on which someone dies" is from c.1300.

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