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front door

the main entrance to a house or other building, usually facing a street.
Informal. anything offering the best, most direct, or most straightforward approach to a place, situation, objective, etc.
Origin of front door
1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Offered to sing “The sky is bright,” accompanying himself on the front-door, if I would go down and help in the chorus.

    The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • I thought I would use it to hit the cow—that is, when I had found the front-door.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • She could not have entered the house, for the front-door knob was above her reach.

  • Her further remarks were cut short by the sound of the front-door bell.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Their pleasant chat was interrupted by another ring at the front-door bell.

    Love and the Ironmonger F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • But Von Holzen saved him by ringing the front-door bell at that moment.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • "There is the front-door bell," added Mrs. Passford, with a start.

  • The welcome crash of wheels at last, and the sound of the front-door bell.

  • And then another and a fainter light flickered in the hall, and after a few seconds the front-door opened.

    Hugo Arnold Bennett
  • With a little scream, she ran out at the front-door, and caught him by the arm.

    The Golden Shoemaker J. W. Keyworth
British Dictionary definitions for front-door

front door

the main entrance to a house
an open legitimate means of obtaining a job, position, etc: to get in by the front door
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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