We knew the Bush tax cuts were expiring, we knew the sequestration cuts were coming in.
They already knew about Stalin expiring, as that was what the amnesty was for.
Later generations of medieval copyists would do the same—inserting doctrinal formulae into the mouths of expiring martyrs.
c.1400, "to die," from Middle French expirer (12c.) "expire, elapse," from Latin expirare/exspirare "breathe out, breathe one's last, die," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit). "Die" is the older sense in English; that of "breathe out" is first attested 1580s. Of laws, patents, treaties, etc., mid-15c. Related: Expired; expiring.
expire ex·pire (ĭk-spīr')
v. ex·pired, ex·pir·ing, ex·pires
To breathe one's last breath; die.