door·​bust·​er ˈdȯr-ˌbə-stər How to pronounce doorbuster (audio)
plural doorbusters
: a deeply discounted item or price promoted as part of a special sale
At night, they slept in sleeping bags and hammocks as they prepared for the year's biggest competition: beating their neighbors to discounted doorbusters.Abha Bhattarai
Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon were the shining stars as all three successfully used heavy marketing strategies and doorbuster prices, especially in electronics, to lure shoppers.Janet Morrissey

Examples of doorbuster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As if Amazon Prime Day's two-day sales event wasn't enough, Nordstrom just dropped a bunch of doorbuster deals for its annual anniversary sale, which starts today through July 31st. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 15 July 2022 In-store shopping will remain significant, though it’s expected to be 5% lower this year than in 2022, dropping from $145 to $138, as consumers haven’t been wowed by the advertised doorbusters and have less tolerance for crowds. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 Thankfully, there's no longer any point in braving doorbuster sales and early morning brawls. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2023 Anyone on your list would enjoy hanging these personal picks on the tree come Christmas day — but hurry, because doorbuster discounts are only valid while supplies last. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 Lenovo is also hosting a Labor Day sale with quote-unquote doorbusters (sigh). Brandon Widder, The Verge, 31 Aug. 2023 What it's not known for: doorbuster clothing deals. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 21 Nov. 2022 Thankfully, there's no longer any point in waking up early and braving doorbuster sales and early morning brawls at actual retail stores. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 27 Nov. 2023 Now, enjoy 40 percent off sitewide, as well as 50 percent off doorbuster deals with code CYBER. Paris Wilson, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doorbuster was in 1917

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“Doorbuster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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