near death's door

near death's door

Extremely or fatally ill; very close to death or total destruction. I had been so near death's door from the infection that the doctors were amazed that I pulled through. There are many parts of the environment that are near death's door due to the effects of pollution.
See also: door, near
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death's door, at/near

Moribund, dangerously ill. Presumably this metaphor originated in the idea that death was a state of being one could enter, that is, an afterlife. It was used by Miles Coverdale (an early translator of the Bible) in A Spyrytuall Pearle (1550), “To bring unto death’s door,” and was repeated by Shakespeare and eventually, in more secular context, by later writers. Eric Partridge deemed it a cliché by about 1850.
See also: near
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