door

[[t]dɔ͟ː(r)[/t]]
doors
1) N-COUNT A door is a piece of wood, glass, or metal, which is moved to open and close the entrance to a building, room, cupboard, or vehicle.

I was knocking at the front door there was no answer...

The policeman opened the door and looked in...

I heard a door slamming.

2) N-COUNT A door is the space in a wall when a door is open.

She looked through the door of the kitchen. Her daughter was at the stove.

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3) N-COUNT The door is the entrance to a large building such as a shop, hotel, or theatre.

He entered Harrods by the main door...

The queues at the door wound around the building.

Syn:
4) N-PLURAL: amount N down/up Doors is used in expressions such as a few doors down or three doors up to refer to a place that is a particular number of buildings away from where you are. [INFORMAL]

Mrs Cade's house was only a few doors down from her daughter's apartment.

5) See also next door
6) PHRASE: V inflects When you answer the door, you go and open the door because a visitor has knocked on it or rung the bell.

Carol answered the door as soon as I knocked.

7) PHRASE: PHR after v (disapproval) If you say that someone gets or does something by the back door or through the back door, you are criticizing them for doing it secretly and unofficially.

The government would not allow anyone to sneak in by the back door and seize power by force...

They claim the Government is privatising dentistry through the back door.

Syn:
sneakily
8) PHRASE: V inflects: PHR n If someone closes the door on something, they stop thinking about it or dealing with it.

We never close the door on a successful series.

9) PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR n If people have talks and discussions behind closed doors, they have them in private because they want them to be kept secret.

...decisions taken in secret behind closed doors.

Syn:
in private
10) PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR n If someone goes from door to door or goes door to door, they go along a street calling at each house in turn, for example selling something.

They are going from door to door collecting money from civilians.

...a door-to-door salesman...

Police immediately started door-to-door inquiries.

11) PHRASE If you talk about a distance or journey from door to door or door to door, you are talking about the distance from the place where the journey starts to the place where it finishes.

...tickets covering the whole journey from door to door...

Flying out on Friday from Gatwick it took seven hours door-to-door.

12) PHRASE: N inflects, PHR after v If you say that something helps someone to get their foot in the door or their toe in the door, you mean that it gives them an opportunity to start doing something new, usually in an area that is difficult to succeed in.

The bondholding may help the firm get its foot in the door to win the business...

The Philips deal also gives Sparc a foot in the door of a new market - consumer electronics.

13) PHRASE: V inflects If someone shuts the door in your face or slams the door in your face, they refuse to talk to you or give you any information.

Did you say anything to him or just shut the door in his face?

14) PHRASE: V inflects If you lay something at someone's door, you blame them for an unpleasant event or situation.

I'm not sure his death can be laid at medicine's door alone...

The blame is generally laid at the door of the government.

15) PHRASE: V and N inflect, oft PHR to n If someone or something opens the door to a good new idea or situation, they introduce it or make it possible.

This book opens the door to some of the most exciting findings in solid-state physics...

Researchers are pushing back the frontiers and opening doors to reveal why things happen and how things work.

16) PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR When you are out of doors, you are not inside a building, but in the open air.

The weather was fine enough for working out of doors.

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17) PHRASE: V inflects If you see someone to the door, you go to the door with a visitor when they leave.
18) PHRASE: V inflects If someone shows you the door, they ask you to leave because they are angry with you.

Would they forgive and forget - or show him the door?

19) at death's doorsee death

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • door — W1S1 [do: US do:r] n [: Old English; Origin: duru door and dor gate ] 1.) the large flat piece of wood, glass etc that you open and close when you go into or out of a building, room, vehicle etc, or when you open a cupboard →↑gate open/close/shut …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • door — [ dɔr ] noun count *** 1. ) a large flat object you open when you want to enter or leave a building, room, or vehicle: a little house with a red door The door creaked slowly open. There was a draft coming from under the door. open/close/shut the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Door — Door, n. [OE. dore, dure, AS. duru; akin to OS. dura, dor, D. deur, OHG. turi, door, tor gate, G. th[ u]r, thor, Icel. dyrr, Dan. d[ o]r, Sw. d[ o]rr, Goth. daur, Lith. durys, Russ. dvere, Olr. dorus, L. fores, Gr. ?; cf. Skr. dur, dv[=a]ra.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • door — door, gate, portal, postern, doorway, gateway are comparable chiefly as meaning an entrance to a place. Door applies chiefly to the movable and usually swinging barrier which is set in the opening which serves as an entrance to a building or to a …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • door — door; door·brand; door·less; door·man; door·stead; door·ward; in·door; maz·door; out·door; tan·door; door·wards; ten·door; …   English syllables

  • door — [dôr] n. [ME dure, dor < OE duru fem. (orig., pair of doors), dor neut., akin to Ger tür, door, tor, gate < IE base * dhwer , *dhwor , door > L fores (pl. of foris), two leaved door, Gr thyra, door (in pl., double door)] 1. a movable… …   English World dictionary

  • door — M.E. merger of O.E. dor (neut.; pl. doru) large door, gate, and O.E. duru (fem., pl. dura) door, gate, wicket, both from P.Gmc. *dur (Cf. O.S. duru, O.N. dyrr, Dan. dèr, O.Fris. dure, O.H.G. turi, Ger. Tür), from PIE …   Etymology dictionary

  • Door — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Anton Door (1833–1919), Wiener Konzertpianist Daisy Door (* 1943; eigentlich Evelyn van Ophuisen), deutsche Schlagersängerin Door bezeichnet weiterhin: Door County, einen County im US Bundesstaat Wisconsin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • door — ► NOUN 1) a movable barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard. 2) the distance from one building in a row to another: he lived two doors away. ● lay at someone s door Cf. ↑lay at someone s door ●… …   English terms dictionary

  • Door — (spr. Dohr), Grafschaft im Staate Wisconsin von Nordamerika, 19 QM., eine Halbinsel zwischen dem Michigan See u. der Green Bai bildend; erst 1850 von der Grafschaft Brown getrennt; Hauptort: Gibraltar …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Door — Door, Anton, Pianist, geb. 20. Juni 1833 in Wien, Schüler von Czerny und S. Sechter, konzertierte bereits 1850 erfolgreich in Baden Baden und Wiesbaden, dann mit Ludwig Straus in Italien, bereiste 1856–57 Skandinavien und wurde in Stockholm zum… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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