at death's door


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at death's door

Extremely ill or very close to death or total destruction. A case of untreated rabies left me suddenly at death's door. There are many parts of the environment that are now at death's door due to the effects of pollution.
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at death's door

very near the end of one's life. (Often an exaggeration.) I was so ill that I was at death's door for three days. The family dog was at death's door for three days, and then it finally died.
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at death's door

On the point of dying, very ill, as in Whenever she had a bad cold she acted as though she were at death's door. The association of death with an entry way was first made in English in the late 1300s, and the phrase itself dates from the mid-1500s. Today it is often used as an exaggeration of ill health.
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at death's door

If someone is at death's door, they are seriously ill and are likely to die. He has won five golf competitions in three months, a year after being at death's door. Note: You can also say that someone is near death's door. The singer said he was `active and feeling very well' as he responded to reports that he was near death's door. Note: You can say that someone comes back from death's door or is brought back from death's door when they have recovered from a very serious illness. The patient has been brought back from death's door by the radical treatment, say his doctors.
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at death's door

so ill that you may die.
1994 S. P. Somtow Jasmine Nights How stupid of me to trouble her with my petty problems when she's probably at death's door!
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at death’s ˈdoor

(often ironic) so ill that you might die: Come on, get out of bed. You’re not at death’s door yet!
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at death's door

Near to death; gravely ill or injured.
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death's door, at/near

Moribund, dangerously ill. Presumably this metaphor originated in the idea that death was a state of being one could enter, that is, an afterlife. It was used by Miles Coverdale (an early translator of the Bible) in A Spyrytuall Pearle (1550), “To bring unto death’s door,” and was repeated by Shakespeare and eventually, in more secular context, by later writers. Eric Partridge deemed it a cliché by about 1850.
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My sister eventually ended up at death's door in hospital and, fortunately, it was the wake-up call she needed to accept help.
Nothing is out of bounds with Paul, even his health, which following a number of scares has left him cheerfully, in his words, at death's door, hanging on in there.
Wilson has been revealed as the new Mr Rabbit, while Becky and Arby - who both looked to be at death's door - seem to have been given a reprieve.
At death's door the chartered accountant underwent a lifesaving operation thanks to the kind actions of a grieving family who had lost a loved one in a car accident.
But they were at death's door after they were born.
The second time she was at death's door, thanks to one of the tom cats that frequently pass through our garden.
Chairman Mark Whitelegg said: "Just over ten years ago we were at death's door, but once this project is completed, we will have first class facilities which back up a quality affordable playing set up.
Here he put his tattooed hand - blue lovebirds imprinted on the skin between finger and thumb - on the boy's thin shoulder and asked gravely: "Well, was you, or was you not at death's door until I come across you?
But while he's left knocking at death's door once again he finally reunites with Anna and vows to ruin the King brothers once and for all for Carl's treachery.
Having read continuously over the past year that the former Man Utd player and Northern Ireland international has been at death's door I presumed he couldn't put a foot on the floor, let alone pen to paper.
LINDA Sykes is down to her last Baldwin in CORONATION STREET after Mike's son Mark flew off in disgust when he discovered his dad wasn't really at death's door after all.
And last night his owner's wife Maggie Robin said: "He was at death's door. One minute he was fine and standing up.
During that time images of him laughing and playing have delighted and images of him at death's door have devastated.
Mum-of-seven Louise, a clinical support worker at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, said: "It's crazy to think how far that wee man has come, from lying there at death's door to where he is now.
Patrick was at death's door after a splurge on coke in 2007 and realised he was killing himself slowly.