darken (one's) door

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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

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
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Likewise, from Maine to California, there were thousands of clinics, schools, camps, neighborhoods, houses of worship, amusement parks, restaurants, dental offices, barbers, hotels and entertainment venues that frowned upon having people with disabilities darken their door. They were thought of as being both burdensome and unattractive.
I assumed I would never darken their door again, but you know what?
All agree they are seeking to "demystify" the business of buying and selling shares and to demonstrate that stockbrokers are approachable figures, not bowler-hatted ogres who humiliate anyone who dares darken their door without thousands of pounds lying idle in a building society.
The Rugby Park full-back has been warned by his own missus not to darken their door unless he dumps rivals Ayr from the Homecoming Scottish Cup.
From behind the wheel of his Ford Capri, he has to turn on the windscreen water jets to listen to the radio and his local garage is trying to bribe him to never darken their door with his troublesome icon of the 1980s, ever again.
It was a watershed in Vera's relationship with jailbird Terry and Jack told his son never to darken their door again.
They are unlikely to ever allow these so-called English football fans to darken their door again.
And clubs must do all in their power to ensure the likes of Mack do not darken their doors again.
The economy is not yet so strong that the rest of us can be too confident we will never darken their doors.
Cardiff insist that never again will the taxman darken their doors.
After all, I'm hardly a fan of their products and none of their franchises are going to go bust through my continuing failure to ever darken their doors.
The reason for this, according to sources at the club, was that the player was the worst to darken their doors. Billy Davies replaced Kampman and immediately released the unfortunate Kraska.