one foot in the grave, have

have one foot in the grave

To be on the verge of death. When I had the flu last week, I felt like I had one foot in the grave. The way the nurses are talking, it sounds like Great-Uncle Edmund already has one foot in the grave—you better come to the hospital quick.
See also: foot, grave, have, one
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one foot in the grave, have

Be close to death or in terrible condition, as in Jane looks as though she has one foot in the grave. This picturesque hyperbolic phrase was first recorded in 1566.
See also: foot, have, one
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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