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.
Recent Examples on the Web War raging on America's doorstep' - Pompeo on Biden declaring 'America is back': 'Back to when ISIS controlled a caliphate'? Jack Durschlag, Fox News, "Trump team quickly rejects testimony request, blasts 'unconstitutional' trial," 5 Feb. 2021 Some signs of support Even before activists brought the battle against Securus to the NBA's doorstep, Platinum Equity's ownership of the company garnered negative attention. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Securus: A relationship bound to end, but when?," 5 Feb. 2021 The United States and China are sending ships and planes into a sea on China’s doorstep. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. and China Are Annoying Each Other With a Ton of Warplanes," 27 Jan. 2021 Although the line suspended service due to COVID-19, business leaders expect the rail line’s eventual resumption will deliver large numbers of potential customers to the area’s doorstep. David Lyons,, "Dozens of new stores and restaurants are coming, despite COVID-19," 1 Jan. 2021 The concern was the U.K. would become a low-cost competitor on the EU’s doorstep, able to undercut European companies because its standards were lower. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Boris Johnson’s Post-Brexit Plan for Britain Remains a Puzzle," 28 Dec. 2020 After a year of surging homelessness, Ramsey County will invest nearly $9 million in affordable housing next year in an effort to stanch the flow of people who find themselves on the doorstep of shelters or sleeping outside in tents. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "Ramsey County to invest $9 million in affordable housing in 2021," 27 Dec. 2020 Now the Huskies, picked to finish seventh in Hockey East, are sitting on the doorstep of a season clouded with uncertainty. Shawn Mcfarland,, "UConn hockey looks to overcome adversity and build on last year’s momentum amid pandemic," 19 Nov. 2020 Since that loss to Tri-West, Western Boone has won eight of nine games and sits on the doorstep of making a third consecutive appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Rebuilding year? Western Boone looking for third consecutive state finals appearance in 2A," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of doorstep

1767, in the meaning defined above

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18 Feb 2021

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“Doorstep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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