on (one's) deathbed

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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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The former of these teaching the folly and vanity of it, and the latter correcting it as unlawful, and at the same time assuaging it, by raising future hopes and assurances, which enable a strong and religious mind to take leave of a friend, on his deathbed, with little less indifference than if he was preparing for a long journey; and, indeed, with little less hope of seeing him again.
Fourth of July was coming; but he soon gave that up -- gave it up before he had worn his shackles over forty-eight hours -- and fixed his hopes upon old Judge Frazer, justice of the peace, who was apparently on his deathbed and would have a big public funeral, since he was so high an official.
On his deathbed Driscoll set Roxy free and delivered his idolized ostensible son solemnly into the keeping of his brother, the judge, and his wife.
His father lies on his deathbed and he amuses himself setting a policeman astride a bear!
One day my mother said on his deathbed he confessed he shot his lieutenant, a vindictive man who dished out brutal field punishments.
This novel about the legacy of the Mexican Revolution, as told from the perspective of Artemio Cruz on his deathbed, expresses a core search for Mexican identity in the wake of promises, failures, and hopes following the Revolution.
Inspired by the painting The Death of Nelson, depicting the Admiral's final moments at the Battle of Trafalgar, the photo shows Mike on his deathbed flanked by family and friends.
Who was going to believe that on his deathbed he'd ask his coach that some day when the team was losing and the outlook appeared hopeless, Rockne would ask the boys to win one for the old Gipper?
On his deathbed he called Allen Ginsberg "a walking career" to his face.