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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.
at (one's) doorstep
1. Literally, outside one's door. I'm at your doorstep right now—where are you?
2. By extension, one's responsibility. That issue is at the police commissioner's doorstep now. I always hire reputable contractors for my company because I don't want complaints of shoddy construction at my doorstep.
at someone's doorstepand on someone's doorstep
Fig. in someone's care; as someone's responsibility. Why do you always have to lay your problems at my doorstep? I shall put this issue on someone else's doorstep. I don't want that problem on my doorstep.
on your doorstepalso at your doorstep
very near to you Most people do not want war on their doorstep and will do everything they can to prevent it. People who live with poverty at their doorstep think about today, and not what the future will be like.
on somebody's doorstep
very near to where someone lives The great thing is we've got all the local amenities right on our doorstep.
at one's door
Also, on one's doorstep. Very nearby, as in The bus stop was practically on our doorstep, or The Mexican currency crisis is literally at our door. [Early 1900s] Also see lay at someone's door.
See also: door
see under at one's door (on one's doorstep).