1. a last dying speech, usu. that delivered on the gallows, or the account of an especially gruesome trial.
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|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 223/1: He murdered his wife and family, and committed suicide after – that sold as well as any ‘die’.|
|Sl. Dict. 361: Would you lend me the price of 2 Gross of Tops, Dies or Croaks, which is 7 shillings.|
2. a capital trial for which the condemned man may be executed.
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