I am looking for a word or phrase or idiom that could describe the following situation:
Someone is about to die any moment and might be unable to think and talk properly. However, some time before he finally stops breathing, there appears a moment that he becomes super conscious and seems to be well again. It won't be long before he dies.
There can an expanded use of it for other non-human activities.
E.g. The factory had been undergoing great losses for several months and would probably go bankrupt by the end of the year. But they had got a big order and there were signs of hopes that the company could tide over the crisis. But unfortunately, it turned out to be a case of ______ and the company was destined to close down its business.
"______ " is what I am looking for.
After doing some research, I found "Dead Cat Bounce" which is used in trading stock market. Here's the definition:
A dead cat bounce is a temporary recovery from a prolonged decline or a bear market that is followed by the continuation of the downtrend.
I am not sure whether Dead Cat Bounce could be used outside of trading equities.
So is "Dead Cat Bounce" the right phrase that I have been looking for ?
Or Any there any other better recommendations ?