be on (one's) last legs

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be on (one's) last legs

To be near physical collapse or death, as due to exhaustion or disease. I knew I was on my last legs, so I was very relieved to see the marathon's finish line in the distance. Ed's on his last legs—you should probably try to visit him in the hospital today.
See also: last, leg, on
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