not darken the door of (some place)

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.
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not darken somewhere's door


not darken somewhere's doorstep

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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