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Definition of deathbed noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually singular]
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  1. 1the bed in which someone is dying or dies a deathbed confession/conversion He told me the truth on his deathbed (= as he lay dying). She was on her deathbed (= going to die very soon).
  2. 2(humorous) You'd have to be practically on your deathbed before the doctor would come and see you!
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