death rattle
noun Date: 1822 a rattling or gurgling sound produced by air passing through mucus in the lungs and air passages of a dying person

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  • Death rattle — Death Death (d[e^]th), n. [OE. deth, dea[eth], AS. de[ a][eth]; akin to OS. d[=o][eth], D. dood, G. tod, Icel. dau[eth]i, Sw. & Dan. d[ o]d, Goth. dau[thorn]us; from a verb meaning to die. See {Die}, v. i., and cf. {Dead}.] 1. The cessation of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • death rattle — n a rattling or gurgling sound produced by air passing through mucus in the lungs and air passages of a dying person …   Medical dictionary

  • death rattle — death .rattle n a noise that sometimes comes from the throat or chest of someone who is dying …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • death rattle — death ,rattle noun singular a sound sometimes made in the throat of someone who is dying …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • death rattle — n. a sound that sometimes comes from the throat of a dying person, caused by breath passing through mucus …   English World dictionary

  • Death rattle — For the vocalization style used in heavy metal music, see Death growl. For the Pantera song, see Reinventing the Steel. A death rattle is a medical term that describes the sound produced by someone who is near death when saliva accumulates in the …   Wikipedia

  • death rattle — noun : a rattling or gurgling sound produced by air passing through mucus in the lungs and air passages of one dying * * * noun, pl ⋯ rattles [count] : a sound that is sometimes heard coming from a dying person s throat or chest often used… …   Useful english dictionary

  • death rattle — also death rattle N SING If you say that one thing is the death rattle of another, you mean that the first thing is a sign that very soon the second thing will come to an end. [JOURNALISM] Recriminations over Thursday s by election defeat sound… …   English dictionary

  • death rattle — noun The raspy or gurgling sound sometimes made by a person as he or she draws in or expels the final breaths in the moments before dying. The death rattle gurgled in the throat of his opponent; his arms fell heavily to his side …   Wiktionary

  • death-rattle — see death rattle …   English dictionary

  • death rattle — death′ rat tle n. pat a sound produced by a person immediately preceding death, resulting from the passage of air through the mucus in the throat • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

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