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’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘She was at death's door and a relation had been taken from prison to the hospital to see her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What's the diagnosis, Doc - robust health or at death's door?’
    • ‘This morning, I find I'm feeling less like a person 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.’
    • ‘She was at death's door and it wasn't like Jennifer - it was like something had been switched off inside her.’
    • ‘Though doctors could find nothing wrong with him, he convinced them he was at death's door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yes, I was prostrate, at death's door, battling a feline-inflicted strep infection.’
    • ‘An old woman of the area was at death's door and a neighbour went to fetch the parish priest who lived at Barratogher.’
    • ‘But when I am at death's door please spare me other people's taste in radio.’
    • ‘To make matters worse, Mr. King was in the hospital, possibly at death's door.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Now and then rumors surface that the nation's leader is not in the best health - that he is even at death's door.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    unwell, sick, not well, not very well, ailing, poorly, sickly, peaky, afflicted, indisposed, infirm, liverish
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