circling the drain

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A macabre slang term referring to a patient whose future prospects of life are dim

circling the drain

FTD–fixing to die, near extremis, pre-code Medtalk Referring to a Pt whose future prospects of life are dim

cir·cling the drain

(CTD) (sĕr'kling drān)
Jargonistic and grossly inhumane term for a patient who is in the final days or weeks before death.
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The looser pre-code restrictions of the time also allowed Mae to roll out her double and triple entendres with staggering sang-froid.
It explains the fierce battles over pre-code censorship and their manifold manifestations at the regional level as well as showing the power of their detractors to obstruct movies.
You almost feel you are watching the films she describes, experiencing the parties on Sunset Boulevard and the Coconut Grove, or on set on a pre-code film like Three On A Match.
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Warren William; magnificent scoundrel of pre-code Hollywood.
Ultimately, aside from adhering to a masculinist auteurist canon, her selections reduplicate not only the connotative coding of pre-code Hollywood but much of its pathology as well.
The energy impact of the code under consideration is the difference in the mean annualized energy use per conditioned square foot of pre-code and post code adoption housing stock.
Sin and sex were a big part of Hollywood in pre-code days, and there are scantily clad dancing girls and suggestive scenes.
An online search for artwork from pre-code horror and crime comics yielded illustrations I found to be crude, meretricious, and ridiculous.
PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD is the marquee name for a brief period in motion picture history, a privileged zone of relative screen freedom, dating from (roughly) 1930 to (precisely) July 15, 1934.
It is advisable to pre-code as many questions as possible--open-ended questions may provide richer data in that the respondent answers in his or her own words, but the answers still have to be put into coding categories afterwards anyway.