on deathbed

on one's deathbed

while one is in bed and dying. While he lay on his deathbed, he told his lawyer that he wanted to give all his money to charity.
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on (one's) deathbed

Close to death.
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Under the headline ``Sinatra on deathbed,'' the New York Post reported Wednesday that friends and relatives were gathering around the entertainer's bedside because he was fading.