- breathe your last
- to dieCircumlocution and evasion rather than euphemism, as you cannot expect to live more than two or three minutes after the event:... the quicker that one breathed his last, the better, and I hurried up with my lance... and drove it into his throat. (Fraser, 1969)For the Nazis, a breathing problem was a routine cause of death given to the family of a murdered person:He received notification... of her death in Brandenburg from 'breathing problems'. (Burleigh, 2000 — an epileptic woman was killed as a matter of policy, along with others who had chronic illnesses, in 1940)
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.