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One foot in the grave


Near death. If one foot is in the grave it’s just a short time before both feet and your entire body are in the grave. (Compare to At death’s door, Kiss of death, Not long for this world or Hang by a thread.)

“Our old dog has been with us a long, long time but he has one foot in the grave according to the veterinarian.”

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