door·​stop | \-ˌstäp \

Definition of doorstop 

1 : a usually rubber-tipped device attached to a wall or floor to prevent damaging contact between an opened door and the wall

2 : a device (such as a wedge or weight) for holding a door open

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This doorstop of a biography foregrounds Obama’s love life in his early years, traces his journey-to-blackness narrative and seeks to challenge the near-monopoly the 44th president has on stories about his own life. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Rising Star,’ ‘Mrs. Fletcher’," 8 June 2018 Truffle Truffles, depending on their quality, can be intoxicatingly fragrant tubers or lumpy little doorstops. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018 China, alarmed at the prospect of a growing U.S. military presence on its doorstop, nudged North Korea back to the negotiating table. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Trade Wars of 2018: An Alternate History," 10 June 2018 Could both Robbie and Ronan, a three-time Oscar nominee at age 23, be back in 2019 picking up doorstops? Glenn Whipp,, "The Oscar acting races are locked ... probably," 20 Feb. 2018 The doorstop of a tome features Fulk's more-is-more design, from private homes to private jets, as well as images from his legendary parties. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The 5 Books You Need to Know About This Month," 3 Oct. 2016 The task of intertwining so many writerly lives in a single narrative seems destined to end in a massive doorstop or a shorter bundle of sketches, none satisfying. Meg Waite Clayton, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion,’ by Michelle Dean," 23 May 2018 This shelf then acts as a doorstop that pushes back against the glacier’s flow. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Antarctic Quest Seeks to Predict the Fate of a Linchpin Glacier," 14 May 2018 Then noticed it was being used as a bathroom doorstop. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "To Jim Morris, the Canes baseball coach who'd never fill a legend's shoes — and yet did | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of doorstop

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of doorstop was in 1878

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English Language Learners Definition of doorstop

: an object that is attached to a wall or the floor to prevent a door from hitting and damaging the wall

: something (such as a wedge or weight) that is used to hold a door open

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