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English definition of “be on its last legs”

be on its last legs

If a machine is on its last legs, it will stop working soon because it is so old: We've had the same oven for twenty years now and it really is on its last legs.In bad condition
(Definition of be on its last legs from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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