from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the boundary of life; the partition dividing life from death.
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She had made him so ill, they believed, as to bring him to death's door notwithstanding the many ponies that had been given her to cease the incantations, and it was the conviction of all that she had finally caused the man's death from some ulterior and indiscernible motive.
One of my Polynesian sailors lay at death's door with blackwater fever.
Nine weeks after this conversation, Mrs. Glib was brought to death's door with the bilious fever; the first man that she sent for to pray for her was Captain Thompson; the second was "brother" McBoon.