door mat

doormat

[dawr-mat, dohr-]
noun
1.
a mat, usually placed before a door or other entrance, for people arriving to wipe their shoes on before entering.
2.
a person who is the habitual object of abuse or humiliation by another.

Origin:
1655–65; door + mat1

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doormat (ˈdɔːˌmæt)
 
n
1.  a mat, placed at the entrance to a building, for wiping dirt from shoes
2.  informal a person who offers little resistance to ill-treatment by others

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doormat
1660s, from door + mat. Figurative use from 1861.
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