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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.
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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!"
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never darken your door again

if you tell someone never to darken your door again, you mean you never want to see them again Did her father really tell you never to darken his door again? How melodramatic.
See also: again, darken, door, never

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."
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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.