• Doorstep


    • Rhymes: -ɛp


    door + step

    Full definition of doorstep



    (plural doorsteps)
    1. Step of a door. The threshold of a doorway.
      • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess Chapter 10, With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which was in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.
    2. On one's doorstep.
    3. (figuratively) One's immediate neighbourhood or locality.
      They want to build the prison right on our doorstep; it will only be half a mile away and being that close scares me.
    4. A big slice of bread.2003, Diana Wynne Jones, The Merlin Conspiracy", P 241 ISBN 0-06-052318-2"I cut myself a doorstep of bread with masses of butter and went along to see Romanov while I was eating it."


    1. (transitive, journalism) To corner somebody for an unexpected interview.
      • 1998, Emily O'Reilly, Veronica Guerin: The Life and Death of a Crime Reporter‎:Throughout her time in journalism, she doorstepped politicians, the child of a politician, crime victims, armed robbers, murderers, suspected murderers...
      • 2006, Denis O'Hearn, Nothing But an Unfinished Song:Surprisingly few people refused to talk, even those I doorstepped or telephoned out of the blue.
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