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deathbed conversion

The adoption of a particular religion when one's death is near. A: "I didn't know Rita was Catholic." B: "She wasn't, not until her deathbed conversion." I see a lot of deathbed conversions when I work in the hospital—people seem to need religion especially as they near the end of their lives.
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on (one's) deathbed

In the process of or very close to dying. He was on his deathbed when he finally confessed his love for Martha. They're scrambling to give her the contracts to sign on her deathbed, as the deals become null and void if she doesn't sign off on them for any reason.
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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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He died 20 years ago but on his deathbed told how he killed his lover, burying the body in the basement of the family home before Margo was even born.
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His father, a janitor at the hospital, died there and left his son an anguished deathbed message.
One of his tasks was writing deathbed wills for men tn quarantined hospital rooms.
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Homophobia is still rampant: You can still get killed for holding your boyfriend's hand; your parents may still forsake your deathbed because they can't face your sexual orientation; gay teens face ostracism and worse.
It is claimed that her chaplain, the Rev Norman MacLeod, made a deathbed confession that he had married the couple.