- Rhymes: -ɛp
doorstep (plural doorsteps)
- Step of a door. The threshold of a doorway.
On one's doorstep.
- (figuratively) One's immediate neighbourhood or locality.
They want to build the prison right on our doorstep; it will only be half a mile away and being that close scares me.
- A big slice of bread.
- 2003, Diana Wynne Jones, The Merlin Conspiracy", P 241 ↑ISBN
- "I cut myself a doorstep of bread with masses of butter and went along to see Romanov while I was eating it."
threshold of a doorway
- (transitive, journalism) To corner somebody for an unexpected interview.
1998, Emily O'Reilly, Veronica Guerin: The Life and Death of a Crime Reporter:
- Throughout her time in journalism, she doorstepped politicians, the child of a politician, crime victims, armed robbers, murderers, suspected murderers...
2006, Denis O'Hearn, Nothing But an Unfinished Song:
- Surprisingly few people refused to talk, even those I doorstepped or telephoned out of the blue.