Definition of doorstep in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɔːstɛp/


1A step leading up to the outer door of a house: he put his foot on the doorstep of the cottage
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  • I smiled hesitantly at her and she grinned back as she stepped over the doorstep and into our house.
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1British informal A thick slice of bread: [as modifier]: doorstep sandwiches
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  • There are lovely thick doorsteps of toast dripping with butter.
  • And I was cutting the cheddar into pretty thick slices figuring I would make a proper doorstep sandwich and maybe smear some Branston pickle on the cheese, yeah?
  • To serve, you can stick a wedge on a plate with a huge green salad, but my personal favourite is to whack a wedge between two doorstep slices of bread, then smother with ketchup.

verb (doorsteps, doorstepping, doorstepped)

[with object] British informal
(Of a journalist) wait uninvited outside the home of (someone) in order to obtain an interview or photograph: he was being doorstepped by the tabloids
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  • A shadow passes over his face as he thinks back on how one tabloid journalist doorstepped his parents and his ex-girlfriend, and even fired questions at the local librarian.
  • He also leisurely re-decorated his Georgian rectory in Norfolk where he had moved to avoid journalists doorstepping him in London.
  • If he were being doorstepped by tabloid journalists that'd be one thing; when he's apparently made the decision to pad out a perfectly engaging subject with irrelevant personal-life candyfloss himself, that's quite another.


on one's (or the) doorstep

Situated very close by: the airport is on my doorstep so flying is easy
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  • The centre will be a huge convenience to commercial vehicle owners, who will now be able to access the service right on their doorstep.
  • There are probably thousands of people around here who don't even know there's a lido on their doorstep or, like me, assumed it had closed too.
  • We are within easy access of the airport and we have catering facilities on our doorstep that we could utilise.
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