not darken the door of (some place)

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not darken the door of (some place)

To not go or never return to some place. I heard the Justice Department is dropping the case, so it looks like he won't darken the door of the courthouse anytime soon. I haven't darkened the door of a church since I was 10 years old.
See also: darken, door, not, of

not darken somewhere's door

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not darken somewhere's doorstep

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone never goes to a place, you can say that they do not darken its door or do not darken its doorstep. He had not darkened the door of a church for a long time. Plenty more cases never darken the doorstep of a courthouse. Note: The image here is of someone's dark shadow falling across the door.
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The prospect of spending time apart has had its effect on her and she's determined to be a proper mother and not darken the door of the court again.
David Swit of Washington Business Information had been an unsuccessful bidder for the newsletter, felt he'd been done wrong somehow, and sued everyone in sight--including Frank--three different times until a judge finally told him to leave and not darken the door of his court again.
The people who carry out these acts are allegedly acting on behalf of their religion, but these people would not darken the door of any church - they have no affiliation with religion.