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be dying for (something)

To be desperately longing or hoping for something. I'm dying for a chance to introduce myself—he's one of my favorite actors! It's so bloody hot out, I'm dying for a cold drink.
See also: dying

dying wish

A final wish, desire, or request made shortly before one dies. Her dying wish was to have her ashes scattered at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
See also: dying, wish

die for want of lobster sauce

To literally die or to be devastated due to a minor inconvenience or mishap. The phrase is thought to refer to a chef who committed suicide after discovering that he didn't have the ingredients to make lobster sauce for a banquet for King Louis XIV. I know you're really upset about not getting the lead in the school play, but I think you dying for want of lobster sauce—I mean, you still got a great role!
See also: die, of, sauce, want

die like Roland

To die from hunger or thirst. The phrase refers to Roland, a legendary French hero who is thought to have survived the battle of Roncesvalles, only to die of starvation and thirst while crossing the Pyrenees in 778 CE. Come on, man, if we don't stop for food and drinks soon, I'm going to die like Roland! A: "Can't you hear my stomach growling?" B: "All right, all right, we'll take a dinner break so you don't die like Roland!"
See also: die, like, Roland

die for someone or something

1. Lit. to perish for the benefit or glory of someone or something. He said he was willing to die for his country. She would die for her child if necessary.
2. Fig. to experience great physical or emotional desire for someone or something. He was just dying for Jane, but she would have nothing to do with him. Freddie was dying for a glass of water—he was so thirsty.
See also: die

dying to do something

Fig. very eager to do something. I'm just dying to go sailing in your new boat. After a long hot day like this one, I'm just dying for a cool drink.
See also: dying

dying to know (something)

Fig. very eager to know something. I'm just dying to know how your weekend went.
See also: dying, know

die for

Also, be dying for. Long for, desire excessively, as in I'm dying for some ice cream. This hyperbolic usage dates from the late 1500s. Also see die to.
See also: die

die to

Also, be dying to. Long greatly to do something, as in I'm dying to go to Alaska. [c. 1700] Also see die for.
See also: die


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The usual argument for leaving the dying person alone in a cold room with tubes and monitors blocking all human interaction, for allowing the rarest and sometimes the richest of words to go unheard or unsaid, is that this regimen is necessary to extend the person's life, albeit only for the shortest of times.
Because we learn to look unflinchingly into the mystery of our own dying, we are not frightened by the dying of others, and we can keep them company.
Near the end of "Marvin's Room" Bessie (who is herself dying of leukemia) tells her sister Lee (Meryl Streep) that she is deeply grateful to have had so much love in her life, and Lee agrees that their father and aunt have loved Bessie a great deal.
Dying is an opportunity to live compassionately, to accept our own limits and creatureliness, and to reach out to our fellow pilgrims.
Our worst fears were confirmed in a recent study reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, conducted by doctors Joan Teno and Joanne Lynn at the George Washington University Center to Improve Care for the Dying and by their colleagues at seven other medical centers.
Another source of opposition to physician aid in dying comes from some advocates for America's 49 million citizens with disabilities who are rightly concerned about society's tendency to negatively regard the disabled and to devalue their lives.
Aid in dying would be available only upon repeated request and only to terminally ill individuals for whom death is imminent.
We also hear that no dying person should have to think about the financial aspects of her or his final medical care.
The right to aid in dying can be invoked only by patients for whom death is unavoidably imminent and only for those who want to die and who satisfy all the criteria required by aid-in-dying laws.
I'm sure there are dying people who, regardless of the degree of their pain and the extent of their deterioration, still want to delay dying for as long as their individual situations permit.
Still, some otherwise supportive people think that, if adequate palliative care were used, the pain of all terminal illnesses could be controlled and that anti-depressant drugs could relieve the depression which results from a dying person's awareness of increasing deterioration and powerlessness.
But these reforms alone will not stop the needless suffering of all dying patients.
We in the right-to-die movement are determined to put an end to the anguish being unjustly inflicted upon the dying and their loved ones.