• In or to the next house or room.

    ‘the caretaker lives next door’
    • ‘When we had been kids I lived in the house next door and my bedroom had been directly across from hers.’
    • ‘I was watching a seagull on the roof just now - I was on the roof of one house, it was on the roof of the house next door.’
    • ‘Then a man who lives across the road came flying into the shop, saying there had been a raid next door.’
    • ‘I heard a loud snore coming from the room next door and remembered that I was in Gabby's house.’
    • ‘Have you got a dump next door or is your road used just like a litter bin?’
    • ‘As I headed back to get another box, I noticed a guy looking at us through a window next door.’
    • ‘As the business took off, it hired staff and moved the office to Farnham, where it has opened a spa next door.’
    • ‘It is very handy having a pub next door, but I felt a pang of guilt as I popped in to the real Village Pub for a pint.’
    • ‘He took up so much room we moved him to the house next door, which was empty.’
    • ‘He's also checking out a space next door, soon to be another new venue he'll have a hand in.’
    • ‘She said a house was being built next door on a site where a medieval building had once stood.’
    • ‘The meeting house will be similar in size to The Fox public house next door and will have parking for 28 cars.’
    • ‘He discovered two men had forced the bedroom window open and they shouted that there was a fire next door.’
    • ‘I recently claimed for damage done to the party wall of my terraced house as a result of a faulty roof next door.’
    • ‘The defendant was under a bed next door and was noticed to be bleeding from his hands.’
    • ‘Then fumed for a while, presuming that it was coming from the unruly mob from the house next door.’
    • ‘Sure, it had only been a move next door, but it was still momentous for me, and for Ian.’
    • ‘Mr Marais said Vukwana then went to a bar next door, killed a man and wounded the owner.’
    • ‘Of course, there's even less rush when there's a pub next door and you've been offered a lift home.’
    • ‘You'll dine like a king and probably want to build a house next door just so you can pop in every day for lunch.’


  • Living or situated next door.

    ‘next-door neighbours’
    • ‘Most Australians don't know their next-door neighbours or care what becomes of them.’
    • ‘My daughter Rebecca was the only eye witness to the murder of her grandmother by a next-door neighbour in 1995.’
    • ‘So when collared by the next-door neighbour and invited in for a cup of tea, I blithely said yes.’
    • ‘Once it was only stars who could have surgery, now it's your next-door neighbour, and why not if it gives you confidence?’
    • ‘A man accused of strangling his next-door neighbour to death has been found not guilty at the Old Bailey.’
    • ‘A mother and her two young sons were pulled from their blazing home by a courageous next-door neighbour.’
    • ‘I also reported on a shooting of a man who was my next-door neighbour, a man who was killed in a random shooting in a pub.’
    • ‘When she was nearly 80, my dear old mum would skip down the garden, jump on to a bench and hop over the wall to check on her next-door neighbour.’
    • ‘Mr. Thorn only looked like her next-door neighbour, and Leanna still could not believe he was a scientist.’
    • ‘A next-door neighbour heard the horror unfolding but by the time police arrived it was too late.’
    • ‘A next-door neighbour, who asked not to be named, said the woman had lived at the house in the cul-de-sac for about a year.’
    • ‘Distant relatives are not better than next-door neighbours is an old Chinese saying.’
    • ‘Speak to the girl who works in the florists; speak to your next-door neighbour who works for an insurance company.’
    • ‘When forced to reflect a bit more, he had to admit that he didn't much like his next-door neighbour.’
    • ‘He might be of danger to a next-door neighbour, but he didn't even show much sign of that.’
    • ‘But I'd sometimes go to the next-door neighbours who had a cow called Buttercup.’
    • ‘Don't dogs realise that the next-door neighbours provide their lawns for this purpose?’
    • ‘A next-door neighbour said she was woken up by the sound of breaking glass and the smell of smoke.’
    • ‘I live in East Oakland and my next-door neighbor had a lot of fireworks so he joined us too.’
    • ‘A burglar who twice crept through a roof space to raid his next-door neighbour's house has been jailed for 15 months.’
    neighbouring, adjacent, adjoining, next-door, bordering, abutting
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mass noun
  • The people, building, or room next door.

    ‘next door's dog’
    ‘a man emerged from next door’
    • ‘He asked her if he should go to a garage and get some petrol and petrol bomb next door's car.’
    • ‘The dogs from next door often burrow under the fence and into my garden digging up plants.’
    • ‘A machine that is so powerful it can suck up dirt not just from your own living room but next door's too.’
    • ‘Just as he was getting ready to throw another rock, the dog from next door, Rocky, suddenly appeared.’


  • the boy (or girl) next door

    • A person perceived as familiar and dependable, typically in the context of a romantic relationship.

      as modifier ‘I tend to be thought of as the girl-next-door type’
      • ‘If you feel remotely objectified - which I've felt before just playing the girl next door [fully clothed] - it's going to be a horrible experience.’
      • ‘Peter holds a torch for the girl next door, flame-haired Mary - Jane but she's dating a loud-mouth jock and doesn't seem to notice her slightly goofy neighbour.’
      • ‘The transformation of the boy or girl next door into a highly sophisticated customer-relations executive and telemarketer has been documented often enough.’
      • ‘The hip grandma, the evil uncle, the good-as-gold girl next door, even the turncoat best friend, are characters that have been all played to death.’
      • ‘Although Hewitt's bob didn't last long, the girl next door recently was spotted this week with long flowing extensions after only a short time with short hair.’
      • ‘I though Mena should be something around 30 or 40 in age, judged from the article, but I was so surprised that she is so young, just like a girl next door.’
      • ‘Playing the girl next door who lies through her teeth and ends up causing enough mayhem for a full-length Hindi comedy film to last, Rimi says she had more than fun shooting for the film.’
      • ‘He was on the brink of glory when he went to number one in 1977 with Lucky Stars, a clever duet which sliced through the heart strings of that unfashionable girl next door, who never shared your yen for punk.’
      • ‘It's a town, according to his descriptions full of bored folk whose aspirations are little more than to work in the local factory and marry the girl next door, and it seems he couldn't wait to get out.’
      • ‘Jayasudha, once the girl next door and today the amiable ‘Aunty,’ is a content woman, having realised her childhood dream of becoming a social worker.’
  • next door to

    • 1In the next house or room to.

      ‘the newsagent next door to Mr Afzal's store’
      • ‘A developer has bought the house next door to his three-bedroom Manchester semi to demolish it to build an access road.’
      • ‘The asbestos was discovered in an empty house next door to them.’
      • ‘There was no power so a guy in the room next door to me also came out.’
      • ‘Two women and two men in the painting room, next door to where the cleaning process takes place, were contaminated.’
      • ‘I heard that the house next door to where I lived on Main Street is gutted.’
      • ‘Lorraine was this week moved into temporary housing back in Braithwaite - next door to her own house.’
      • ‘But we have a house next door to our house that we basically bought for privacy and my dad actually lives there.’
      • ‘An Asian mother and daughter look out of their window in Stratford Street, Leeds, next door to a house raided yesterday.’
      • ‘But it was clear he was in the room next door to where the talks were going on.’
      • ‘There was no electricity or running water and the toilet was outside next door to a shed which housed pigs.’
      1. 1.1informal Almost; near to.
        ‘she thought George was next door to a saint’
        • ‘On the way to the theatre Mr. Klein reminded his companion that "Carmen" had been next door to a failure at the Opéra Comique three years before.’
        • ‘She has to wait months for such an opportunity, meantime repeating, night after I night, a character which she feels to be next door to a failure-and there is no more disheartening drudgery in the world.’
        beside, next door to, alongside, at the side of, by the side of, abreast of, by, adjacent to, cheek by jowl with, side by side with
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