Definition of doorstep in US English:



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

    • ‘I smiled hesitantly at her and she grinned back as she stepped over the doorstep and into our house.’
    • ‘He came upon the doorstep of his next door neighbour's house, and rang the doorbell.’
    • ‘He walked up to the doorstep of the small house.’
    • ‘I skipped up my doorstep and threw the door open.’
    • ‘He reached the farm, and found a path of dirt that led him to the doorstep of the main house.’
    • ‘As he was recognized the following morning at the doorstep of his house, the family's horror turned into jubilation.’
    • ‘Then he opened the door and stepped out onto the doorstep.’
    • ‘Ideally there should be easy access between the kitchen and the doorstep or main entrance of the house.’
    • ‘If you don't lay that at the doorstep of the White House, I don't know where you lay it.’
    • ‘Water was lapping at the doorsteps of houses.’
    • ‘Finally, after ten minutes of coaxing, she got me to the doorstep of my house and hesitantly I pressed the doorbell.’
    • ‘He was sitting on the front doorstep with the door open and called me to him when I passed by.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He always met Bryan and me at the doorstep of their house with a teary eye and a happy hug.’
    • ‘I could see them from the doorstep of the house where I grew up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She stepped up to the doorstep and rang the bell.’
    • ‘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.’


  • on one's (or the) doorstep

    • Situated very close by.

      ‘the airport is on my doorstep so flying is easy’
      • ‘The thing about good gastropubs is that they are very handy to have on your doorstep, but you do not cross the metropolis specially.’
      • ‘Having the convenience of the full range of Council services on your doorstep will make life easier for people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are within easy access of the airport and we have catering facilities on our doorstep that we could utilise.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The simple reason for this is that these ores weren't all conveniently excavated from quarries on his doorstep.’
      • ‘It's not directly on my doorstep like last time, although it sounds awfully close.’
      • ‘This home near town would suit those seeking the conveniences of modern living on their doorstep.’
      near, adjacent, in close proximity, close at hand, near at hand
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