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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.
See also: church, darken, door

darken (one's) door

To come to one's home as an unwelcome visitor. I made sure he'll never dark our door again.
See also: darken, door

never darken (one's) door again

To never return to one's home. Used when referring to an unwelcome visitor. Don't worry, I've made sure that he'll never darken our door again.
See also: again, darken, door, never

never darken (one's) doorstep again

To never return to one's home. Used when referring to an unwelcome visitor. Don't worry, I've made sure that he'll never darken our doorstep again.
See also: again, darken, doorstep, never

never darken (one's) doorway again

To never return to one's home. Used when referring to an unwelcome visitor. Don't worry, I've made sure that he'll never darken our doorway again.
See also: again, darken, never

not darken the doorstep of (some place)

To not go or never return to some place. I heard the Justice Department is dropping the case, so it looks like he won't darken the doorstep of the courthouse anytime soon. I haven't darkened the doorstep of a church since I was 10 years old.
See also: darken, doorstep, not, of

not darken the door of (some place)

To not go or never return to some place. I heard the Justice Department is dropping the case, so it looks like he won't darken the door of the courthouse anytime soon. I haven't darkened the door of a church since I was 10 years old.
See also: darken, door, not, of

not darken (one's) door again

To never return to one's home. Used when referring to an unwelcome visitor. Don't worry, I've made sure that he won't darken our door again.
See also: again, darken, door, not

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!"
See also: darken, door

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."
See also: darken, door

never darken someone's door

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never darken someone's doorstep

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone tells you never to darken their door again or never to darken their doorstep again, they are ordering you never to visit them again. The law firm told them to destroy all dossiers and never darken their doorstep again.
See also: darken, door, never

not darken somewhere's door

or

not darken somewhere's doorstep

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone never goes to a place, you can say that they do not darken its door or do not darken its doorstep. He had not darkened the door of a church for a long time. Plenty more cases never darken the doorstep of a courthouse. Note: The image here is of someone's dark shadow falling across the door.
See also: darken, door, not

never darken someone's door (or doorstep)

keep away from someone's home permanently.
1988 Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses They couldn't lock her away in any old folks' home, sent her whole family packing when they dared to suggest it, never darken her doorstep, she told them, cut the whole lot off without a penny or a by your leave.
See also: darken, door, never

not/never darken somebody’s ˌdoor aˈgain

(old-fashioned or humorous) not/never come to somebody’s home again because you are not welcome: Go! And never darken my door again!
See also: again, darken, door, never, not

darken my door (again), don't/never

Go away and don’t come back. This expression, today indelibly affixed to Victorian melodrama in which a young woman is thrown out of the parental home for marrying, not marrying, or some other sinful deed, actually dates back much further. The darkening involved is that of one’s shadow across the threshold, a word occasionally substituted for “door.” Jonathan Swift used the term in Polite Conversation in 1738: “I never darkened his door in my life.” It has been a cliché since the nineteenth century, but may be dying out.
See also: darken, door, never
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For linking lax immigration to terrorism, Tancredo says he was told by administration powerbroker Karl Rove "never to darken the door of the White House again." The congressman doesn't think the illegal-alien lobby would take heed even if terrorists hit us again.
"To this must be added, in different ecclesial contexts, certain abuses that contribute to darken correct faith and Catholic doctrine on this admirable Sacrament."
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