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deathbed

[deth-bed]
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noun
  1. the bed on which a person dies: The museum contains Lincoln's deathbed.
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adjective
  1. of, pertaining to, said, or done during the last few hours of a person's life: a deathbed confession.
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Idioms
  1. on one's deathbed, in the last few hours before death.
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Origin of deathbed

First recorded in 1350–1400, deathbed is from the Middle English word deethbed. See death, bed
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Examples from the Web for deathbed

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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

noun
    1. the bed in which a person is about to die
    2. (as modifier)a deathbed conversion
  1. 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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