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

Near to death; gravely ill or injured.
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THE last time Everton faced Reading they were at Death's door.
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Broadhurst's family claimed she was at death's door 18 years ago so the case against her never went ahead.
If you're not an asylum seeker or at death's door you'll need a clairvoyant to tell you when the next available appointment at your GP's is.
Why should we wait at death's door For they'llbe back at dawn; Three letters spell war and four spell love, And both are strung together, Yet stronger is Our Lord above.
But her agent Vicki Wickham has revealed how Dusty, 58, still managed to crack a joke when she heard that a web site had claimed she was at death's door.
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While the housing market is hardly in rude health, it is no longer at death's door.