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at death's doorstep

Extremely ill or very close to death or total destruction. A case of untreated rabies left me suddenly at death's doorstep. There are many parts of the environment that are now on death's doorstep due to the effects of pollution.
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at (one's) doorstep

1. Literally, outside one's door. I'm at your doorstep right now—where are you?
2. By extension, one's responsibility. That issue is at the police commissioner's doorstep now. I always hire reputable contractors for my company because I don't want complaints of shoddy construction at my doorstep.
3. Very close to one's location, especially of an unwanted thing that is encroaching. We used to think of it as a skirmish on the frontier, but the war is now at our doorstep. This whole area used to be rural, but with rampant development, the suburbs are at our doorstep.
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never darken (one's) doorstep again

To never return to one's home. Don't worry, I've made sure that he'll never darken our doorstep again.
See also: again, darken, doorstep, never

on (one's) doorstep

1. Literally, outside one's door. I'm on your doorstep right now—where are you?
2. By extension, one's responsibility. That issue is on the police commissioner's doorstep now. I always hire reputable contractors for my company because I don't want complaints of shoddy construction on my doorstep.
3. Very close to one's location, especially of an unwanted thing that is encroaching. We used to think of it as a skirmish on the frontier, but the war is now on our doorstep. This whole area used to be rural, but with rampant development, the suburbs are on our doorstep.
See also: doorstep, on

not darken the doorstep of (someplace)

To not go or never return to some place. I heard the Justice Department is dropping the case, so it looks like he won't be darkening the doorstep of the courthouse anytime soon. I haven't darkened the doorstep of a church since I was 10 years old.
See also: darken, doorstep, not, of

on the doorstep

Very close to one's location or home. We used to think of it as a skirmish on the frontier, but the war is now on the doorstep. This is a wonderful place to live, with these gorgeous mountains right on the doorstep.
See also: doorstep, on

at someone's doorstep

 and on someone's doorstep
Fig. in someone's care; as someone's responsibility. Why do you always have to lay your problems at my doorstep? I shall put this issue on someone else's doorstep. I don't want that problem on my doorstep.
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at one's door

Also, on one's doorstep. Very nearby, as in The bus stop was practically on our doorstep, or The Mexican currency crisis is literally at our door. [Early 1900s] Also see lay at someone's door.
See also: door

doorstep

never darken someone's door

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never darken someone's doorstep

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone tells you never to darken their door again or never to darken their doorstep again, they are ordering you never to visit them again. The law firm told them to destroy all dossiers and never darken their doorstep again.
See also: darken, door, never

not darken somewhere's door

or

not darken somewhere's doorstep

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone never goes to a place, you can say that they do not darken its door or do not darken its doorstep. He had not darkened the door of a church for a long time. Plenty more cases never darken the doorstep of a courthouse. Note: The image here is of someone's dark shadow falling across the door.
See also: darken, door, not

never darken someone's door (or doorstep)

keep away from someone's home permanently.
1988 Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses They couldn't lock her away in any old folks' home, sent her whole family packing when they dared to suggest it, never darken her doorstep, she told them, cut the whole lot off without a penny or a by your leave.
See also: darken, door, never

on your (or the) doorstep

very near; close at hand.
1998 New Scientist The solution to Underhill's problem was on his doorstep.
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on the/your ˈdoorstep

very near your/somebody’s home: It’s easy to be concerned with problems across the other side of the world and not see the poverty and unhappiness on your own doorstep.
See also: doorstep, on
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Very useful advice included not letting anyone into your house, using a door chain and viewer, not buying from doorstep callers and asking a friend to be with you when you have arranged an appointment.
In the two years of Operation Doric, the dedicated team of officers have arrested 343 people for doorstep crime offences involving PS660,213.
However, Trading Standards Officers suspect that many rogue trader crimes go unreported and are urging residents and businesses to heed their 'don't buy from unexpected doorstep callers' message and report rogue traders.
Ringtons is known for its delivery service with its products delivered to the doorsteps of over 260,000 customers across the UK by more than 200 delivery drivers.
Ms Mahmood said: "Street-Games is a great initiative offering young people from the local community access to a number of different sports available right on their doorstep for a minimal cost.
Which kind of doorstep sales do not have an automatic right to cancel?
Cases included one person who was taken to the bank by a fraudulent doorstep caller to withdraw a large sum of money to pay them.
NBAD is the first bank in the region to offer this service to their Visa cardholders that will provide a convenient doorstep delivery service as well as discounts when cardholders use their NBAD Visa cards.
ON's UK boss, said: "We must make difficult choices, such as ending unsolicited doorstep selling, because it no longer fits with the way our customers want us to do business with them.
You don't have to go to football matches to hear racist comments, you can hear it on your own doorstep.
BRITISH Gas yesterday signalled an end to doorstep selling after consumer groups claimed the practice puts pressure on people into switching to worse deals.
A CONSUMER watchdog has called for an end to doorstep sales and the "tide of distrust and anger" it causes, after research revealed only 1% of the public see it as a useful way to find out about products.
com, a car servicing web portal which states that it is the first to do so has announced the launch of car servicing like car dry cleaning, polishing, washing at doorstep in New Delhi and NCR.
The Premier Foods bakery is also renaming Hovis Extra Thick as Hovis Doorstep.
People are being warned not to make hasty doorstep decisions as research suggested nearly three million have fallen victim to rogue cold callers, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said.