1. [mid-19C] supposed final speeches from the gallows and murderers’ confessions, usu. as peddled by street-sellers and possibly written by a hack journalist.
2. [mid–late 19C] a dying speech.
3. [late 19C–1940s] (also croaking) death.
4. [1910s] (US) a boring complainer, a whinger.
[late 19C–1920s] to die.
[1900s–20s] (US) to shoot oneself dead.
[late 19C] (US) on the verge of death, dying.