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Idioms for death
- to be excessively strict about: College professors are death on late work, so don't even ask for a deadline extension.
- to be snobbish about or toward: He's just death on anyone who doesn't appreciate opera.
- to be able to cope with easily and successfully: The third baseman is death on pop flies.
- to kill, especially to murder.
- to repeat too often, to the point of becoming monotonous and boring: That theme has been done to death.
- Fox Hunting. present at the kill.
- present at the climax or conclusion of a situation.
Origin of death
OTHER WORDS FROM deathpre·death, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH deathdearth death
Words nearby death
British Dictionary definitions for at death's door
- to death or to the death until deadbleed to death; a fight to the death
- to death excessivelybored to death
- to kill
- to overuse (a joke, etc) so that it no longer has any effect
- present when an animal that is being hunted is caught and killed
- present at the finish or climax
Other words from deathRelated adjectives: fatal, lethal, mortalRelated prefixes: necro-, thanato-
Word Origin for death
Medical definitions for at death's door
Scientific definitions for at death's door
Idioms and Phrases with at death's door (1 of 2)
On the point of dying, very ill, as in Whenever she had a bad cold she acted as though she were at death's door. The association of death with an entry way was first made in English in the late 1300s, and the phrase itself dates from the mid-1500s. Today it is often used as an exaggeration of ill health.
Idioms and Phrases with at death's door (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with death
- death and taxes, certain as
- death knell
- death of
- death on
- at death's door
- be the death of
- bore to death
- catch cold (one's death)
- fate worse than death
- in at the death
- kiss of death
- look like death (warmed over)
- matter of life and death
- put to death
- scare out of one's wits (to death)
- sign one's own death warrant
- thrill to pieces (to death)
- tickled pink (to death)
- to death
Also see underdead.