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A gurgling sound sometimes heard in a dying person's throat.
- ‘While that's certainly not the case, what they will have witnessed is the death rattle of conservatism as a force in American politics.’
- ‘The death rattle that Dalrymple hears is only his warped and evil imagination.’
- ‘There was a raspy sigh that sounded more like a death rattle.’
- ‘For some she had the voice of a heavenly creature; for others she sounded like a whiny but tenacious cat in the throes of death rattle.’
- ‘We in the West believed it was somebody else's problem, an African tribal conflict, but really it was one of the final absurd death rattles of colonialism.’
- ‘I tried turning the computer back on, only to hear the distinct sound of my hard drive clicking away feebly to itself, a final death rattle, terminal self-harm.’
- ‘His eyes roll back in his head, and he makes a death rattle.’
- ‘Even a 12-year-old car with a death rattle and all sorts of peculiar tics is better than an overcrowded bus.’
- ‘He pulled in one last breath, the death rattle clearly evident, then was silent.’
- ‘He holds aloft a fearsome double-bladed dagger that looks like it could disembowel a horse; his lyrics emerge in an incomprehensible stream as a moaning death rattle.’
- ‘Listen for the coughing, the groans, the death rattle.’
- ‘A plaintive moan emanating from the engine, a slight smell of burning and a death rattle coming from the exhaust.’
- ‘Bastian only sighed again as the taxi began to slow down and the driver's annoyed mutterings began to be heard over the groaning and death rattles of the engine.’
- ‘He laughed, a harsh croaking sound like the death rattle from a blood-choked throat.’
- ‘Those are the sounds of the great bubble leaking air, the last death rattle of an historic, credit-driven housing extravaganza.’
- ‘My faithful tumble dryer is giving up the ghost, and its sad death rattles are breaking my purse.’
- ‘Whilst Bernard Levin should be mourned as a writer of some accomplishment, his passing should not be the death rattle for English prose, but a harbinger of better times to come.’
- ‘It was one of those critical moments in science when, if you listen carefully, you can hear the death rattle of long - held assumptions, as they crumble into dust.’
- ‘We can hear the death rattle and see the body bags coming out.’
- ‘Conservatives see disentitlement as a recognition of new economic realities - and the death rattle of the Nanny State.’
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