If someone is at death's door, they are very ill and close to death.
If someone looks as if they are at death's door, they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying.
- Category: Death
Idioms similar to 'At death's door'
- Done to death
- Sick to death
- Cheat death
- Brush with death
- Dice with death
- Kiss of death
- Death warmed up
- Death of a thousand cuts
- Fate worse than death
- Matter of life and death
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