door·​step | \ -ˌstep \

Definition of doorstep

: a step before an outer door
on one's doorstep
: close at hand especially : too close to be overlooked

Examples of doorstep in a Sentence

We sat on the doorstep. The police were at my doorstep.

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But away from the humanitarian drama on its doorstep, Israel’s chief concern as the Syrian war appears to be winding down is with Iran. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syrian civil war, on Israel's doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes," 11 July 2018 Amazon is a wonderful company that brings lots of things to our doorstep for very low prices. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Amazon," 27 Dec. 2018 The newspaper on the doorstep was a collective thing in every community. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 At the end of last week, the caravan arrived on the doorstep to Mexico. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Migrant Caravan Moves North in Mexico as Trump Warns of Foreign-Aid Cuts," 22 Oct. 2018 Are these sculptures grandmothers sitting on a doorstep, watching children play? Cate Mcquaid,, "At the ICA, Kevin Beasley alchemizes dark histories," 23 May 2018 In the 27th minute, Latif Blessing slipped the ball to Carlos Vela on the doorstep, but Vela got his feet tangled with a defender and couldn't get off a shot. Kevin Baxter,, "LAFC fail to finish for home fans as win streak snapped," 6 May 2018 Then, with 4:23 expired in the third, Trocheck made a pinpoint pass to set up Jonathan Huberdeau on the doorstep to tie the score 3-3. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "The Panthers’ home winning streak may be over, but the playoff chase is alive and well | Miami Herald," 12 Mar. 2018 Among the Iron Gates settlements is Lepenski Vir, named after the whirlpool at its doorstep. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of doorstep

1767, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doorstep

: a step or series of steps leading up to one of the doors that is used to enter or leave a building


door·​step | \ ˈdȯr-ˌstep \

Kids Definition of doorstep

: a step or a series of steps in front of an outside door

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