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at death's door


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at death's door
     1. prep. About to die; in a life-threatening state of health.
     2. prep. ====Citations====
     3. prep. seemoreCites
     1. prep. In, near, or in the general vicinity of a particular place.
           Caesar was at Rome;  at the corner of Fourth Street and Vine;  at Jim’s house
     2. prep. (indicating time) (Indicating occurrence in an instant of time or a period of time relatively short in context or from the speaker's perspective.)
           at six o’clock;  at closing time;  at night.
     3. prep. In the direction of (often in an unfocused or uncaring manner).
     1. n. The cessation of life and all associated processes; the end of an organism's existence as an entity independent from its environment and its return to an inert, nonliving state.
           The death of my grandmother saddened the whole family.
     2. n. (often, capitalized) The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper.
           When death walked in, a chill spread through the room.
     3. n. (the death) The collapse or end of something.
     1. n. A portal of entry into a building, room, or vehicle, consisting of a rigid plane movable on a hinge. Doors are frequently made of wood or metal. May have a handle to help open and close, a latch to ho
           I knocked on the vice president's door
     2. n. Any flap, etc. that opens like a door.
           the 24 doors in an Advent calendar
     3. n. (immigration) An entry point.

Example Sentences

We tend to be victims of our own success in that people come in at death's door and we save them and then when they're fit enough we kick them out. 

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