Definition of (from) door to door in US English:

(from) door to door


  • 1From start to finish of a journey.

    ‘the trip from door to door could take more than four hours’
    • ‘That one required a twelve hour journey, door to door.’
    • ‘My journey, door to door, by underground also takes an hour as I have a 15 minute walk to the station and a 10 minute walk at the other end.’
    • ‘There is now an excellent route planner provided, which can direct you from door to door when undertaking an unfamiliar journey.’
    • ‘In his previous career, he used to commute into the West End of London from Guildford, a journey of an hour and a half door to door.’
    • ‘After a door to door journey of about 19 hours, I arrived back in London yesterday evening.’
    • ‘I live in Hendon and its a long 50 minute journey from door to door.’
    • ‘I remember taking the train and tube, a journey that probably took over an hour from door to door.’
    • ‘In other words, they are dealing with people's door to door journeys.’
    • ‘It also points out that regular commuter challenges consistently show that cycling is the fastest option, door to door, during rush hour for typical work journeys.’
    • ‘It's about twenty minutes door to door, the journey between work and home.’
  • 2Visiting all the houses in an area to sell or publicize something.

    ‘he went from door to door selling insurance policies’
    as modifier ‘a door-to-door salesman’
    • ‘We believe that the bushes are being sold door to door on estates in the area.’
    • ‘The fundraising committee will be selling the book door to door in the area over the next two weeks.’
    • ‘The problem comes from some cowboys who sell door to door or the remedies you often see advertised in magazines.’
    • ‘The court was told the landlord ran a business selling door to door products in the area and had men from the north west of England who worked for him.’
    • ‘As some companies launch aggressive door to door consumer selling campaigns, with salesmen with little accountability, we fear even larger scale hassle for customers.’
    • ‘It had been founded by an Irish farmer's son, who sold books door to door and began offering his customers perfume, which he made at home in a room the size of a kitchen pantry.’
    • ‘It was thought they were being sold door to door in the area.’
    • ‘I was then a vacuum cleaner salesman for 2 years, selling vacuum cleaners door to door.’
    • ‘Other salesmen called to sell door to door, like the linen man, who brought a van full of household linen.’
    • ‘Tickets will be sold door to door in the area.’