lie at death's door

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lie at death's door

To be on the brink of dying. A case of untreated rabies left me lying at death's door all of a sudden. My father lay at death's door with the infection, but he managed to fight his way back to good health. I'm afraid your grandmother is lying at death's door, so you had best say your goodbyes while you can.
See also: door, lie
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lie at death's door

Fig. to be close to dying. She lay at death's door for over a month. I do not want to lie at death's door suffering. I hope to pass on quickly.
See also: door, lie
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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