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doorknob

[dawr-nob, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌnɒb, ˈdoʊr-/
noun
1.
the handle or knob by which a door is opened or closed.
Origin of doorknob
1840-1850
1840-50; door + knob
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  • Finally she fell fast asleep with her tooth tied to the doorknob.

  • He paused, his hand upon the doorknob, and turned to loose a last shaft at them.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • The doorknob slipped in his sweating hands, but he managed to turn it.

    Pursuit Lester del Rey
  • At the head of the steps he fumbled with his hand until he found a doorknob.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • Thus they came to the sheltered vestibule with its glistening white paint, its polished name plate and doorknob.

  • "I'm sorry I can't sell my sample," I said, with my hand on the doorknob.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • He removed from the doorknob his cap, which had been hanging there, and turned the key in the lock.

Word Origin and History for doorknob
n.

1847, American English, from door + knob.

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