at death's door


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at death's door

Extremely ill or very close to death or total destruction. A case of untreated rabies left me suddenly at death's door. There are many parts of the environment that are now at death's door due to the effects of pollution.
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at death's door

very near the end of one's life. (Often an exaggeration.) I was so ill that I was at death's door for three days. The family dog was at death's door for three days, and then it finally died.
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at death's door

On the point of dying, very ill, as in Whenever she had a bad cold she acted as though she were at death's door. The association of death with an entry way was first made in English in the late 1300s, and the phrase itself dates from the mid-1500s. Today it is often used as an exaggeration of ill health.
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at death's door

If someone is at death's door, they are seriously ill and are likely to die. He has won five golf competitions in three months, a year after being at death's door. Note: You can also say that someone is near death's door. The singer said he was `active and feeling very well' as he responded to reports that he was near death's door. Note: You can say that someone comes back from death's door or is brought back from death's door when they have recovered from a very serious illness. The patient has been brought back from death's door by the radical treatment, say his doctors.
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at death's door

so ill that you may die.
1994 S. P. Somtow Jasmine Nights How stupid of me to trouble her with my petty problems when she's probably at death's door!
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at death’s ˈdoor

(often ironic) so ill that you might die: Come on, get out of bed. You’re not at death’s door yet!
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at death's door

Near to death; gravely ill or injured.
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Here he put his tattooed hand - blue lovebirds imprinted on the skin between finger and thumb - on the boy's thin shoulder and asked gravely: "Well, was you, or was you not at death's door until I come across you?
But while he's left knocking at death's door once again he finally reunites with Anna and vows to ruin the King brothers once and for all for Carl's treachery.
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However, his TV career came to an end in 1992 when a near-fatal car crash on the M5 near Cheltenham left him at death's door.
Ian is about to pay up when he sees his rival at death's door.
In contrast "Nobbut varry Middlin' " is to imply that one is at death's door.
As Donald is left knocking at death's door once again, he finally reunites with Anna and vows to ruin the King brothers once and for all for Carl's treachery.
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Andrew and Jeanete Eddon say they have been "to hell and back" in the three months after the accident which left their five-year-old son, Jack Briggs, at death's door.