darken (one's) door

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darken (one's) door

To visit one as an unwelcome guest. I can't believe she darkened our door and stayed for hours, even though I clearly wanted her to leave!
See also: darken, door

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."
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But, an event involving Laurel that they witness on the way home is the last straw, and it's enough to cause distraught Marlon to tell his drunken wife never to darken his door again.
But an event involving Laurel that they witness on the way home is the last straw and it's enough to cause distraught Marlon to tell his drunken wife never to darken his door again.
Thieves and pickpockets caught plying their trade on his premises faced a choice - hand over half their take and never darken his door again or be handed over to the authorities.
But I never thought such tragedy would darken his door again before he was drowned while fishing off Donegal this week.
It's just a shame people like Ian Wright, Fergie, and Melinda Messenger are allowed to darken his door as chat show hosts.