make a better door than a window

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Verb[edit]

make a better door than a window

  1. (idiomatic) To obstruct someone's view, especially as a result of thoughtlessness.
    • 1986, Tony Ardizzone, The Evening News, →ISBN, p. 27 (Google preview):
      “You're blocking the picture,” Maria says. . . . “You make a better door than a window.”
    • 1996 Feb. 20, Francis X. Clines, "Judgments On Politics, Primaries, Pancakes," New York Times (retrieved 18 July 2015):
      She griped fetchingly at a clot of news workers who blocked her view. "You make a better door than a window, kid," she told one reporter.
    • 2014 Nov. 5, Jack Lakey, "Advertising poster blocks drivers' view," Toronto Star (Canada) (retrieved 18 July 2015):
      An advertising poster on a transit shelter makes a better door than a window, when trying to spot oncoming traffic.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used in the second person"You make a better door than a window" — as a tactful way of asking a person to move aside so that one may see.

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