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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on (one's) deathbed

Close to death.
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The preparations are hectic, but Azoubel finds time to reflect on how much of her identify and life trajectory she owes to her grandmother -- namely, the older woman's deathbed revelation of her own Jewish ancestry following decades of indifference and a tradition of persecution.
This deathbed embrace of Judaism by Raquel, a descendant of Sephardic Jews who had fled the Spanish Inquisition to Turkey and later moved to Brazil, is not unique.
Writer Bronnie Ware, who cared for the dying when she worked as a nurse, has listed top five regrets people have on their deathbeds.
Becker modestly ends with a listing of what the book could have and did not do: it did not consider manuscript sources, it did not compare female and male deathbeds, it could have taken more account of religious difference.
So many of the deathbed accounts and posthumous publications discussed in this book issued from Puritan or Nonconformist women and their ministers.
Through the mists, he sees Ronnie Biggs, lying silently on his deathbed (a full range of self-assembly pine deathbeds can be found in the new Ikea catalogue, by the way).
Either way, let's hope that his deathbed remarks are more interesting than the ones he used to utter when he was fit and well.
"It's for kids whose mothers are on their deathbeds," he says in a tone revealing that even he only half believes that description.
An epilogue descends from metaphysical poetry to social history, as two accounts of women on their deathbeds are chosen to demonstrate the reality of atheistic doubt in the Renaissance.
Drawing upon medieval visual materials representing deathbed temptation scenes, as well as other assorted texts dated between 1400 and 1600, Doebler lays out the symbolic scheme of a heroic deathbed struggle between good and evil.
I was frustrated as well by the exclusively textual approach to culture; the texts that Schor uses are fascinating evidence, but they are read constantly against each other, and never against the practices of people at deathbeds and churchyards.
He came so close to dying so many times and always managed to pull back: Deathbeds were places he visited the way the rest of us visit sleep.