has anyone heard the expression "era rau cu 'der die das' dar si mai rau cu 'davai ceas'"? This seems perhaps intentionally reminiscent of that...
That would be the story of the actor Constantin Tănase: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantin_T%C4%83nase#Death
By the way, the word of Slavic origin ceas ~ час is also the Russian word for hour, but they use the plural часы for a watch/clock, so "давай ceas!" is indeed mixed for "Give watch!"
Just looked it up. Interesting, if somewhat unpleasant, story. Thanks :-)
Glad you at least found that interesting. Not an uplifting story, no...