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doorstop

[dawr-stop, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌstɒp, ˈdoʊr-/
noun
1.
a device for holding a door open, as a wedge or small weight.
2.
Also called slamming stile, stop. (in a doorframe) a strip or projecting surface against which the door closes.
3.
a device for preventing a door from striking a wall or an object on a wall, as a small rubber-covered projection.
Origin of doorstop
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; door + stop
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  • Then he put it on the rim of the chest in such a position that if the lid were to fall it would be stopped by the doorstop.

    The Eyes Have It Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Anne hugged Patricia, and departed for her own room, stumbling over the doorstop as she went out.

    The Mystery of Arnold Hall Helen M. Persons
British Dictionary definitions for doorstop

doorstop

/ˈdɔːˌstɒp/
noun
1.
a heavy object, wedge, or other device which prevents an open door from moving
2.
a projecting piece of rubber, etc, fixed to the floor to stop a door from striking a wall
3.
(informal) a very thick book
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doorstop in Technology


Used to describe equipment that is non-functional and halfway expected to remain so, especially obsolete equipment kept around for political reasons or ostensibly as a backup. "When we get another Wyse-50 in here, that ADM 3 will turn into a doorstop."
Compare boat anchor.
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