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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
A wondering murmur passed through the crowd on beholding her so rosy and bright; that same unhappy niece, whom they had supposed, on the authority of the Parker's Falls Gazette, to be lying at death's door in a fainting fit.
The dramatic scenes, shown over a special double bill of the soap tomorrow night, see Ryan lying at death's door.
The Year of Miracle Thinking is a horribly true story of the year after Didion's husband's sudden death at the dinner table, when at the same time their only daughter was lying at death's door in a nearby hospital.
You know, papers with stories about another Irish hero, George Best, who went down the destructive road of booze and hell-raising and is often lying at death's door in hospital.
Spencer - soon to be lying at death's door after a crushing knockout blow - was already reeling from a personal tragedy.