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doorbell

[dawr-bel, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌbɛl, ˈdoʊr-/
noun
1.
a bell chime, or the like, at a door or connected with a door, rung by persons outside wanting someone inside to open the door.
verb (used without object)
2.
to canvass or solicit from door to door, especially for votes or contributions.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; door + bell1
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doorbell

n.

c.1815, from door + bell (n.).

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