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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Since the official Palestinian recognition of Israel in 1993, the dream has thinned out, its last remnants clearly circling the drain. No one is more aware of this than the Palestinians who despite their continued adherence to the concept of two states, understand that Israel's blueprint for the West Bank and Jerusalem will never actually allow it to happen.
However, there are a number of banks that are on a watch list, many analysts and market participants see a particular set of banks circling the drain. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae debt yields jump to its highest level since 1986 while its preferred shares were slashed to the lowest investment grade.
Some Middle Eastern countries--Egypt, for instance--are grim, depressing places that feel like they're circling the drain. Iraqi Kurdistan is optimistic, full of hope, infused top to bottom with a go-go, build-build attitude.
Circling the drain counter-clockwise at the High Speed-hosted anniversary celebration at Buca di Beppo in SE CA.
When Penny McClain was hired as CEO of Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital in May 2002, the city-owned facility, was circling the drain with a $2.4 million net loss.
Clients of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service, the best-known nationwide, debt-counseling organization, have an average annual income of $29,425 and an average debt of $23,184!) Is there hope for a Sister whose credit rating is circling the drain?