circling the drain

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circling (the drain) definition

  1. tv. & in.
    to be in the final process of dying; to be in extremis. (Jocular but crude hospital jargon.) : Get Mrs. Smith's son on the phone. She's circling the drain.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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