at death's doorstep

at death's doorstep

Extremely ill or very close to death or total destruction. A case of untreated rabies left me suddenly at death's doorstep. There are many parts of the environment that are now on death's doorstep due to the effects of pollution.
See also: doorstep
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The stress of being on the front lines at death's doorstep can evoke a gamut of emotions.
According to Lazzarini, a worrying trend is the increasing levels of severely malnourished children, noting that more than 50, 000 malnourished children are at death's doorstep.
Not long ago his son Sean was almost at death's doorstep after a car accident.
Michael Watson, the boxer left at death's doorstep by Chris Eubank's venomous punches, is walking again.