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deathbed

[deth-bed]
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:
1350–1400; Middle English deethbed. See death, bed

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deathbed (ˈdɛθˌbɛd)
 
n
1.  a.  the bed in which a person is about to die
 b.  (as modifier): a deathbed conversion
2.  on one's deathbed about to die

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deathbed
O.E., "the grave," from death + bed. Meaning "bed on which someone dies" is from c.1400.
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