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[dawr-step, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌstɛp, ˈdoʊr-/
a step or one of a series of steps leading from the ground to a door.
British Slang. a thick slice of bread.
Origin of doorstep
1800-10; door + step Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • From the doorstep of the little cabin, Jimmy, chin in hand, watched our distasteful labours with insolent and melancholy eyes.

  • Sidney sat down on the doorstep, and the boy dropped at her feet.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I shall be at home to nobody, Withers, this afternoon, even if the Prince of Wales came and sat on my doorstep again.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • His trusty sword, in its steel scabbard, strikes clanking on the doorstep.

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • As for Jim, he squatted on the doorstep outside, with time at last to think.

    Curly Roger Pocock
British Dictionary definitions for doorstep


a step in front of a door
on one's doorstep, very close or accessible
(informal) a thick slice of bread
verb (transitive) -steps, -stepping, -stepped
to canvass (a district) or interview (a member of the public) by or in the course of door-to-door visiting
(of a journalist) to wait outside the house of (someone) to obtain an interview, photograph, etc when he or she emerges
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for doorstep

1810, from door + step (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for doorstep



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+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with doorstep
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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