death rattle


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death rattle

n.
A gurgling or rattling sound sometimes made in the throat of a dying person, caused by loss of the cough reflex and passage of the breath through accumulating mucus.

death rattle

n
a low-pitched gurgling sound sometimes made by a dying person, caused by air passing through an accumulation of mucus in the trachea

death′ rat`tle


n.
a sound produced by a person immediately preceding death, resulting from the passage of air through the mucus in the throat.
[1820–30]
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death rattle

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References in classic literature ?
And, if it was a Christmas Eve, while the great bell, which seemed to emit the death rattle, summoned the faithful to the midnight mass, such an air was spread over the sombre façade that one would have declared that the grand portal was devouring the throng, and that the rose window was watching it.
It's a TV movie to be sure, not helped by Al Pacino in the leading role, whose singing voice is a death rattle that makes even Bob Dylan's rasp sound like softly billowing silk.
Then there's Pacino's singing voice, a death rattle that makes even Bob Dylan's rasp sound like softly billowing silk.
I do think there will be a death rattle from Hull - either at White Hart Lane, where Spurs seem to have packed up for the summer, or against a Manchester United side that have as good as wrapped up the top four now.
Kent conjures some genuinely unsettling scenes of domestic disturbance but once The Babadook slinks into the light and announces its presence with a death rattle growl, the film loses some of its power.
Turkey, Egypt and the Gulf markets cannot attract global fund managers if an Arab state in the heart of the Middle East begins its geopolitical death rattle.
We are witnessing the death rattle of the Iraq created by the British empire to compensate a Hashemite prince for the imperial double-cross against his father at the Treaty of Versailles.
I coaxed the broken rust-bucket to a dealer in the hope he'd accept it for something that didn't develop a death rattle when the headlamps and radio were used in tandem.
An unlikely Steven Caulker double and an own goal from Sascha Riether has the Bluebirds on the brink of leaving the relegation zone but Fulham can almost hear the death rattle, looking all but doomed.
Mitt Romney's loss was the death rattle of the establishment GOP.
Players prowled, and made themselves heard above the death rattle of studs on a tiled floor.
Yesterday, thunder gave notice of the death rattle of summer and the accompanying downpours in many parts mean that a ground check will be imperative before a bet today.