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valley of death



Probably derived from the Old Testament, Psalm 23: "valley of the shadow of death".


valley of death (plural valleys of death)

  1. (idiomatic) Death; or a place or period where death is impending.
    • Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Charge of the Light Brigade:
      Into the valley of Death / Rode the six hundred.
  2. (idiomatic) A place of great danger.
  3. (idiomatic, business) The phase of a startup business beginning with the entrepreneur's fulltime commitment to it and ending when the business has achieved sustainable cash flow.