Definition of doorstep in US English:

doorstep

noun

  • A step leading up to the outer door of a house.

    • ‘He walked up to the doorstep of the small house.’
    • ‘Then he opened the door and stepped out onto the doorstep.’
    • ‘She stepped up to the doorstep and rang the bell.’
    • ‘He was sitting on the front doorstep with the door open and called me to him when I passed by.’
    • ‘I smiled hesitantly at her and she grinned back as she stepped over the doorstep and into our house.’
    • ‘If you don't lay that at the doorstep of the White House, I don't know where you lay it.’
    • ‘I could see them from the doorstep of the house where I grew up.’
    • ‘They would jump out from behind the bushes and scare the girls and we would scream in exaggerated fright and run to the doorstep of the next house on the block.’
    • ‘He reached the farm, and found a path of dirt that led him to the doorstep of the main house.’
    • ‘Also, he could have backed up his rhetoric with non-confrontational acts such as asking people to hold candlelight vigils in the doorsteps of their houses.’
    • ‘Water was lapping at the doorsteps of houses.’
    • ‘I skipped up my doorstep and threw the door open.’
    • ‘His servant had said at the doorstep of his house that her master was down with a cold and was not liable to come out and play with them.’
    • ‘He came upon the doorstep of his next door neighbour's house, and rang the doorbell.’
    • ‘When I take my first step off of the doorstep, I hear the door behind me open and I can feel his eyes on my back.’
    • ‘As he was recognized the following morning at the doorstep of his house, the family's horror turned into jubilation.’
    • ‘He always met Bryan and me at the doorstep of their house with a teary eye and a happy hug.’
    • ‘I took the long way around, and when I came closer I could see her sitting on the doorsteps to the back door of the house.’
    • ‘Ideally there should be easy access between the kitchen and the doorstep or main entrance of the house.’
    • ‘Finally, after ten minutes of coaxing, she got me to the doorstep of my house and hesitantly I pressed the doorbell.’

Phrases

  • on one's (or the) doorstep

    • Situated very close by.

      ‘the airport is on my doorstep so flying is easy’
      • ‘Back home I'd be away from all of that, but realising all of a sudden that I was so close to it all, that it was happening on my doorstep, was scary.’
      • ‘This home near town would suit those seeking the conveniences of modern living on their doorstep.’
      • ‘We are within easy access of the airport and we have catering facilities on our doorstep that we could utilise.’
      • ‘It's not directly on my doorstep like last time, although it sounds awfully close.’
      • ‘The simple reason for this is that these ores weren't all conveniently excavated from quarries on his doorstep.’
      • ‘This is real Paris on your doorstep.’
      • ‘The centre will be a huge convenience to commercial vehicle owners, who will now be able to access the service right on their doorstep.’
      • ‘Having the convenience of the full range of Council services on your doorstep will make life easier for people.’
      • ‘The thing about good gastropubs is that they are very handy to have on your doorstep, but you do not cross the metropolis specially.’
      • ‘There are probably thousands of people around here who don't even know there's a lido on their doorstep or, like me, assumed it had closed too.’
      near, adjacent, in close proximity, close at hand, near at hand
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Pronunciation

doorstep

/ˈdɔrstɛp//ˈdôrstep/