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 book apes the style and structure of pre-Code comic books brilliantly, evoking a literary whirlwind of sudden, fantastic deeds and abrupt plot developments.
In the early years of the past century, members of various religious groups and politicians clamored over the racy content of pre-code Hollywood's films, urging the business to clean up its act.
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.
The courts in two pre-Code cases acknowledged that specific performance or an injunction against breach were remedies available to aggrieved sellers of goods in appropriate circumstances.
The Application of Statutory Forfeiture Provisions to Pre-Code Water Rights, 4 U.
He later labels the "adult frankness" of Bing Crosby's songs as the "aural equivalent" of these pre-Code films of the early 1930s and could tie these elements to his observation that "many young people drifted into the orbit of the activism in the 1930s in search of casual, guilt-free sex" (415, 514).
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.
While insurance claims are still pending for pre-code buildings, others built with the new code suffered little.
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.