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darken a church door

To attend church or a service therein. I was raised Catholic, but I haven't darkened a church door since I was 15 years old.
See also: church, darken, door

darken (one's) door

To visit one as an unwelcome guest. I can't believe she darkened our door and stayed for hours, even though I clearly wanted her to leave!
See also: darken, door

never darken (one's) door again

To never return to someone's home; to be banished by someone. Don't worry, I've made sure that he'll never darken our door again.
See also: again, darken, door, never

never darken (one's) doorstep again

To never return to someone's home; to be banished by someone. Don't worry, I've made sure that he'll never darken our doorstep again.
See also: again, darken, doorstep, never

never darken (one's) doorway again

To never return to someone's home; to be banished by someone. Don't worry, I've made sure that he'll never darken our doorway again.
See also: again, darken, never

darken someone's door

Fig. [for an unwelcome person] to come to someone's door seeking entry. (As if the visitor were casting a shadow on the door. Formal, or even jocular.) Who is this who has come to darken my door? She pointed to the street and said, "Go and never darken my door again!"
See also: darken, door

darken someone's door

Come unwanted to someone's home, as in I told him to get out and never darken my door again. The verb darken here refers to casting one's shadow across the threshold, a word that occasionally was substituted for door. As an imperative, the expression is associated with Victorian melodrama, where someone (usually a young woman or man) is thrown out of the parental home for some misdeed, but it is actually much older. Benjamin Franklin used it in The Busybody (1729): "I am afraid she would resent it so as never to darken my doors again."
See also: darken, door

never darken someone's door


never darken someone's doorstep

If someone tells you never to darken their door again or never to darken their doorstep again, they are ordering you never to visit them again. The law firm told them to destroy all dossiers and never darken their doorstep again.
See also: darken, door, never

not darken somewhere's door


not darken somewhere's doorstep

If someone never goes to a place, you can say that they do not darken its door or do not darken its doorstep. He had not darkened the door of a church for a long time. Plenty more cases never darken the doorstep of a courthouse. Note: The image here is of someone's dark shadow falling across the door.
See also: darken, door, not

never darken someone's door (or doorstep)

keep away from someone's home permanently.
1988 Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses They couldn't lock her away in any old folks' home, sent her whole family packing when they dared to suggest it, never darken her doorstep, she told them, cut the whole lot off without a penny or a by your leave.
See also: darken, door, never

not/never darken somebody’s ˌdoor aˈgain

(old-fashioned or humorous) not/never come to somebody’s home again because you are not welcome: Go! And never darken my door again!
See also: again, darken, door, never, not
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The obfuscation also darkens the fact, otherwise a glaring fact, that with rare exceptions these universities and institutes are not at all involved in any fundamental "cutting edge" research.
And as his mood darkens, so, it seems, does the mood of the citizens about him.
As the stage darkens in transition, a single blue circle of light introduces the image of a Chinese scholar rock -- emblematic of the interconnection of lives and events across time and space -- as "The Whisper of the Stone" begins.
As the trailing car moves to the left, the interior rearview mirror lightens, as the left sideview mirror darkens to reduce the reflected glare.
Tumminelli, Director of R&D for Specialty Optical Fiber, stated, "It is well known in the fiber laser industry that most commercially available ytterbium fibers used in industrial lasers today display a phenomenon called photo-darkening where the core material darkens with usage.
When the full moon darkens during Thursday night's total eclipse, sidewalk astronomers can get a front-row seat through telescopes set up outside the Griffith Observatory Satellite in the northeast corner of Griffith Park.
When rear headlight glare is observed by the sensors, electricity is sent to the electrochromic gel in both the interior and exterior mirrors, which automatically darkens in proportion to the voltage.
The polymer darkens as pollutants exhaust its scavenging ability, but Bell Labs' studies show that a bag no thicker than a plastic garbage bag would last about 30 years before needing to be replaced.
All of the ingredients in TAN-AID play a crucial role during the formation of Melanin, the pigment which darkens the skin upon exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR).
The room darkens, the TV comes on, and the beautiful voice of Joan Baez singing ``Amazing Grace'' fills the classroom as flag-covered coffins are being taken off military transports.
The driver simply "dials in" the level of reflectivity desired in the mirror and the system darkens or lightens to the degree desired.
The dust in the tail is not expected to destroy the spacecraft, but if it darkens the craft's solar panels until their reduced current output trips a built-in switch that turns off everything but the receiver, some callers may find themselves listening in on a single stark datum, as ICE's message abrutply ends.