Door-bell

doorbell

[dawr-bel, dohr-]
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:
1805–15; door + bell1

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