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    knocking

    Dear all,

    A CIA agent is telling a prisoner threatening him to get some info from him saying:

    "Twenty-four-seven in a pitch black cell with zero human contact is a slow way to die. Especially with all the demons you’ve got in your closet.
    And believe me... they will come knocking."

    What is the meaning of "they will come knocking"??????

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: knocking

    When a person has demons in their closet, it means they have unresolved emotional situations, past bad memories, other mental/emotional problems, but they keep them "locked away in the closet" where they can pretend they don't exist.

    To continue the metaphor, the demons knock on the door of the closet so you can let them out. This means that at some point, you will have to address these things -- the bad feelings, the bad memories, etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: knocking

    Yes, "knocking at the door of the closet" :) that was the missing part.

    one more question, please. If we tried to rephrase can we say "they will (chase) you?" or " They will (torture) you?

    can't thank you enough.

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    Re: knocking

    Hmm. They don't need to chase or torture you. Their presence alone is enough. They will come calling. They will come to visit.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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