[dawr-mat, dohr-]
a mat, usually placed before a door or other entrance, for people arriving to wipe their shoes on before entering.
a person who is the habitual object of abuse or humiliation by another.

1655–65; door + mat1 Unabridged
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doormat (ˈdɔːˌmæt)
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 & History

1660s, from door + mat. Figurative use from 1861.
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Example sentences
Use a doormat to reduce tracking-in of dirt and particles.
But mostly, by his telling, he functioned as her doormat.
Avoid hiding a house key under the doormat or nearby vicinity.
There is a door with a doormat on the floor in the right center of the image,
  which is opposite two curtained windows.
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