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doorstep

[dawr-step, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌstɛp, ˈdoʊr-/
noun
1.
a step or one of a series of steps leading from the ground to a door.
2.
British Slang. a thick slice of bread.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; door + step
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British Dictionary definitions for door-steps

doorstep

/ˈdɔːˌstɛp/
noun
1.
a step in front of a door
2.
on one's doorstep, very close or accessible
3.
(informal) a thick slice of bread
verb (transitive) -steps, -stepping, -stepped
4.
to canvass (a district) or interview (a member of the public) by or in the course of door-to-door visiting
5.
(of a journalist) to wait outside the house of (someone) to obtain an interview, photograph, etc when he or she emerges
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Word Origin and History for door-steps

doorstep

n.

1810, from door + step (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for door-steps

doorstep

verb

To confront someone for a media interview on the very doorstep: Mrs. Ashdown, doorstepped by a TV team, gave an impassive nod before disappearing into her house/ The first time I went to meet Kunayev, I tried to doorstep him; this was not a wise maneuver (1990s+)


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