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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For the Robertsons and the Suzukis, a little bit of luck and more than a little hard work, generation after generation, have led two sets of brothers — so different, yet so much alike — to the doorstep of the NHL. NBC News, "A new class of top-tier Asian hockey talent joins the NHL — and their older brothers," 28 June 2019 One solution proposed by Ford Motor Co. is a small robot that walks on two legs to bring the parcel from the vehicle to the doorstep. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Driverless delivery vans coming as production begins in China," 23 June 2019 On Saturday, the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford will bring sports betting practically to the doorstep of New York City; the track is about 6 miles from Manhattan. Washington Post, "Hard Rock, Bet365 plan sports betting in New Jersey," 10 July 2018 Image Reinhard Hardegen, a leading German submarine commander of World War II who brought U-boat warfare to the doorstep of New York Harbor in the winter of 1942, died on June 9. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Reinhard Hardegen, Who Led U-Boats to America’s Shore, Dies at 105," 17 June 2018 At one point to start the third quarter, Prior Lake broke open another three-goal lead, this time on a perfect pass from junior Will Gilbert to sophomore Jack Smith to rifle a shot into the net right on the doorstep of the goal. Drew Cove, Twin Cities, "State boys lacrosse: Prior Lake makes it a title sweep," 15 June 2019 It was reported that the U.S. dispute with China has landed on the doorstep of Verizon, with Huawei demanding that the American wireless giant pay licensing fees on hundreds of patents, according to two people briefed on the matter., "ICYMI: MapR may be back; big gaming deal; rough day for chipmakers," 14 June 2019 The second half of July is an excellent time to make crucial decisions and to embrace any opportunities that land on your doorstep. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for June 14, 2019: Gemini, stash money for a rainy day; Pisces, pay attention to tonight’s dreams," 14 June 2019 The Bruins sit on the doorstep of the College World Series, one win from going back to Omaha for the first time since that title-winning season six years ago. Jack Harris,, "UCLA beats Michigan in 12 innings to stay alive in super regional," 8 June 2019

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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 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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