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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"For the avoidance of doubt, their elected representatives won't be banned from the bookshop - in over four years, not one has darkened our door outside of election time."
This program didn't make those days any less hectic but it did provide the kids something interesting to do and provided our agencies with the opportunity to interact with kids who might otherwise never have darkened our door.
We can all recall a threatening reader or an angry email, some guy with a grudge who darkened our doors.