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doormat

[dawr-mat, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌmæt, ˈdoʊr-/
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
1655-1665
1655-65; door + mat1
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British Dictionary definitions for door-mat

doormat

/ˈdɔːˌmæt/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for door-mat

doormat

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for door-mat

doormat

modifier

: Cornell University's doormat status on the gridiron

noun

A person who is regularly and predictably exploited by others; constant victim: the soulful Earth Mother doormat of the kind played by Shirley MacLaine in the fifties/ the wife a rape victim, slave, doormat

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treat someone like a doormat


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