one foot in the grave


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one foot in the grave

On the verge of death. When I had the flu last week, I felt like I had one foot in the grave. The way the nurses are talking, it sounds like Great-Uncle Edmund is already one foot in the grave—you had better come to the hospital quick.
See also: foot, grave, one

one foot in the grave

If someone has one foot in the grave, they are very ill or very old and are likely to die soon. Just because I'm 79, you think I've got one foot in the grave! Note: You use this expression when you are talking about illness and death in a humorous way.
See also: foot, grave, one
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After all, it's not every actor who would accept the lead role in a sitcom called One Foot in the Grave when they were only 53.