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!"
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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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How well I remember the first betting shop in East Sheen opening up just before I left school in 1961 and watching all those 'dissolute' types who went through the darkened door.
Kevin has worked in the store for five years, and said a lot of people are still afraid to come in for fear of being caught by their neighbours, priest or best friend as they pop in to pick up a skin-flick or a whip - entering the store by a secretive darkened door in an alleyway.
Elsewhere, at another checkpoint outside a building in a compound where men in suits come and go unchecked through darkened doors, a dozen or so men with the same neat haircuts, leather jackets and almost the same heavy moustaches man their posts.
IT'S - and 20 years ago it was only seen behind darkened doors down side streets.