Definition of death throes noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    death throes

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  1. 1the final stages of something just before it comes to an end The regime is now in its death throes. witnessing the death throes of car manufacturing in Detroit
  2. 2violent pains and movements at the moment of death The shock of seeing the bull in its death throes was worse than I anticipated.
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