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."
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By the time they've realised their fate it will be midnight, and you've not only got through a potentially miserable day with the minimum of pain, but you've so soured those dreadful folk with whom you have the misfortune to share some genetic material that they won't darken your door again a year from now.
The kids will go back to school (in just 10 days time!), the mother- in-law will never darken your door again (hurray).
It is probably of no interest to you whatsoever to learn that I shall never darken your doors again after this experience.