Definition of at death's door in English:

at death's door

phrase

  • (especially in hyperbolic use) so ill that one may die.

    ‘you've been out a lot, considering you're supposed to be at death's door’
    • ‘An old woman of the area was at death's door and a neighbour went to fetch the parish priest who lived at Barratogher.’
    • ‘Three years ago, the Evening Press reported how Rhys made a miraculous recovery when he had appeared to be at death's door, struggling against pneumonia and a collapsed lung.’
    • ‘But when I am at death's door please spare me other people's taste in radio.’
    • ‘She told me she's very spiritual and suffers from migraines but has never seen a doctor about them because her family doesn't believe one should go to a doctor unless one is at death's door.’
    • ‘To make matters worse, Mr. King was in the hospital, possibly at death's door.’
    • ‘Paramedic Liz Moore said: ‘It's the first time we've seen him since the incident in February, and it's lovely to see him looking so well after being at death's door.’’
    • ‘When I saw him just after he had the operation, he looked to be at death's door, so for him to rally and want to play again shows the courage he possesses and love for the game.’
    • ‘Indeed Colm, who has suffered from cystic fibrosis since birth, was considered more than once to be at death's door, with the family being called to his bedside.’
    • ‘‘I suppose I would reply that I am in a transition from being at death's door to slowly rebuilding my life,’ said Obree.’
    • ‘It is a near-miraculous story that Eoin Hand can now lead a full, active and satisfying life, considering that in 1997 he was at death's door, having been administered the last rites.’
    • ‘Of course, when I was at death's door last Friday I did hit the nearest mall, but I didn't wear make-up, so it's ok.’
    • ‘‘Some people have died within 20 minutes of arriving in a hospital because they don't go until they are at death's door,’ he said.’
    • ‘This morning, I find I'm feeling less like a person at death's door.’
    • ‘Though doctors could find nothing wrong with him, he convinced them he was at death's door.’
    • ‘She was at death's door and a relation had been taken from prison to the hospital to see her.’
    • ‘But in the course of her illness, she said, it was intensely tiresome when people assumed she was at death's door, in spite of statistics proving how good her chances were.’
    • ‘Yes, I was prostrate, at death's door, battling a feline-inflicted strep infection.’
    • ‘What's the diagnosis, Doc - robust health or at death's door?’
    • ‘She was at death's door and it wasn't like Jennifer - it was like something had been switched off inside her.’
    • ‘Now and then rumors surface that the nation's leader is not in the best health - that he is even at death's door.’
    unwell, sick, not well, not very well, ailing, poorly, sickly, peaky, afflicted, indisposed, infirm, liverish
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