doorstep

noun
door·​step | \ ˈdȯr-ˌstep How to pronounce doorstep (audio) \

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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Crystal McAteer has watched ferocious wildfires chew through her home province of Alberta through the years, so she wasn't surprised when flames arrived on her doorstep. Amanda Coletta, Anchorage Daily News, "Canada’s wildfire season is off to a ferocious start," 11 June 2019 June 11 at 6:00 AM Crystal McAteer has watched ferocious wildfires chew through her home province of Alberta through the years, so she wasn’t surprised when flames arrived on her doorstep. Washington Post, "Canada’s wildfire season is off to a ferocious start," 11 June 2019 His life is turned upside-down again when detective Delta Devlin appears on his doorstep while investigating a string of murders. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Ars To-Be-Read: Our most anticipated books for the second half of 2019," 8 June 2019 Her doppelgänger Red, now an adult, arrives on the doorstep with her matching family, all wearing red jumpsuits and distorted expressions, eager to take over the Wilson narrative through torment and murder. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Us Offers a Terrifying Vision of Judgement Day," 26 Mar. 2019 The decades-old photograph depicts Cherry sitting on a doorstep in a breezy yellow dress while a very young Tyson, dressed in a pale blue frock, stands at her side. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Why Neneh Cherry’s International Women’s Day Is Extra Special," 8 Mar. 2019 But Saturday afternoon, in the team’s quest to earn a trip to Louisiana and the Pinto Division’s South Zone Tournament, the boys were stopped at the doorstep to the prize. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pinto Gold all-stars’ day begins with triple play, ends with elimination after 9-8 loss," 24 June 2018 The first attack on March 2 started with an ordinary sight -- a package left on a doorstep in north Austin. Faith Karimi, CNN, "In Austin, 19 days of terror end with a bomber's final explosion," 22 Mar. 2018 Make a stunning first impression with customizable doors that add instant curb appeal and can stand up to whatever lands on your doorstep. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Window World Doors Presented by Therma Tru," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of doorstep

1767, in the meaning defined above

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doorstep

noun

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

doorstep

noun
door·​step | \ ˈdȯr-ˌstep How to pronounce doorstep (audio) \

Kids Definition of doorstep

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

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