Definition of doorstep in English:



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

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