death rattle


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  • noun noise from an engine which indicates that it is likely to break down at any moment


  • noun the sound, heard by the batsman, of his wicket being hit behind him, e.g. if he has left a ball which then goes on to hit the stumps
    Citation ‘I was gripped by the drama stretching over days and nights, full of shifting fortunes, subplots and intrigue, by the finality of the fall of a wicket, the death rattle of the stumps’ (Mike Marqusee Wisden Asia Cricket, September 2004)