never darken (one's) door again

never darken (one's) door again

To never return to one's home. Used when referring to an unwelcome visitor. Don't worry, I've made sure that he'll never darken our door again.
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never darken someone's door


never darken someone's doorstep

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.
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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.
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darken my door (again), don't/never

Go away and don’t come back. This expression, today indelibly affixed to Victorian melodrama in which a young woman is thrown out of the parental home for marrying, not marrying, or some other sinful deed, actually dates back much further. The darkening involved is that of one’s shadow across the threshold, a word occasionally substituted for “door.” Jonathan Swift used the term in Polite Conversation in 1738: “I never darkened his door in my life.” It has been a cliché since the nineteenth century, but may be dying out.
See also: darken, door, never
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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