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twilight years

Fig. the last years before death. In his twilight years, he became more mellow and stopped yelling at people.
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the twilight zone

the area where one thing ends and another begins, especially when it is not clear exactly where or when this happens (often + between ) She'd been unconscious ever since she fell, trapped in the twilight zone between life and death.
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Five years later, in the twilight of an April morning, he stood on the green, beside the meeting-house, at Lexington, where now the obelisk of granite, with a slab of slate inlaid, commemorates the first fallen of the Revolutions.
Wherefore I killed Imray Sahib in the twilight, when he came back from office and was sleeping.
In the twilight of the morning light seems active, darkness passive; in the twilight of evening it is the darkness which is active and crescent, and the light which is the drowsy reverse.
The sun, sinking behind a lofty western peak, brought on an early but lingering twilight, and the expedition plodded on through the evil forest--the place of mystery and fear, of death swift and silent and horrible, of brutish appetite and degraded instinct, of human life that still wallowed in the primeval slime, of savagery degenerate and abysmal.
The blows cease, and a low groaning dies away, while we chatter among ourselves and the sad twilight creeps upon us.
Twelve hours a day, six in the twilight, and six in the dark, they toiled on the trail.
I walked through it rapidly; turned inland a few hundred yards; ascended some rising ground; and discerned, in the dim twilight, four small lonesome villas standing in pairs, with a shed and a saw-pit on one side, and a few shells of unfinished houses on the other.
The sun was setting in heavy clouds when we got into the carriage, and the autumn twilight began to fall around us while we were still on the road.
Then your ideal of happiness is a jelly-like organism floating in a tideless, tepid twilight sea, eh?
But at last across this twilight life, which was more than half a dream, there struck one day a flash of sunshine.
All the school girls and boys had one golden afternoon gathering them, coming home in the clear, echoing twilight with arms and baskets full of flowery spoil.
It's so nice to be alive in the spring," said the Story Girl one twilight as we swung on the boughs of Uncle Stephen's walk.
In the June twilight she went over the fields to Anne's, and appeared with ghost-like suddenness in the scented garden.
No twilight on her surface; night following day and day following night with the suddenness of a lamp which is extinguished or lighted amid profound darkness-- no transition from cold to heat, the temperature falling in an instant from boiling point to the cold of space.
Quinton, with her heavy golden hair and square pale face, advancing on them out of the twilight.