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From door +‎ step.



doorstep (plural doorsteps)

  1. Step of a door. The threshold of a doorway.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 10, in The China Governess[1]:
      With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which was […] in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.
    On one's doorstep.
  2. (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.
  3. (Britain, informal) A big slice, especially 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.



doorstep (third-person singular simple present doorsteps, present participle doorstepping, simple past and past participle doorstepped)

  1. (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.

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  1. (journalism) A short and informal press briefing
    Statsministeren holder doorstep i Statsministeriet.
    The Prime Minister is holding an informal press briefing at the Prime Minister's Office.