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have one foot in the grave

To be on the verge of death. When I had the flu last week, I felt like I had one foot in the grave. The way the nurses are talking, it sounds like Great-Uncle Edmund already has one foot in the grave—you better come to the hospital quick.
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have one foot in the grave

Fig. to be almost dead. I was so sick, I felt as if I had one foot in the grave. Poor old Uncle Herman has one foot in the grave.
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one foot in the grave, have

Be close to death or in terrible condition, as in Jane looks as though she has one foot in the grave. This picturesque hyperbolic phrase was first recorded in 1566.
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have one foot in the grave

be near death through old age or illness. informal, often humorous
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have ˌone foot in the ˈgrave

(informal, humorous) be so old or ill that you probably will not live much longer: I may be retired, but that doesn’t mean I’ve got one foot in the grave, you know.
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have one foot in the grave

tv. to be near death. (Have got can replace have.) I feel like I’ve got one foot in the grave.
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have one foot in the grave

Informal
To be on the verge of death, as from illness or severe trauma.
See also: foot, grave, have, one