circling the drain
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circling the drainFTD–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.