Definition of next door in English:

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next door


In or to the next house or room: the caretaker lives next door
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  • You'll dine like a king and probably want to build a house next door just so you can pop in every day for lunch.
  • He took up so much room we moved him to the house next door, which was empty.
  • The meeting house will be similar in size to The Fox public house next door and will have parking for 28 cars.


Living or situated next door: next-door neighbours
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  • My daughter Rebecca was the only eye witness to the murder of her grandmother by a next-door neighbour in 1995.
  • When she was nearly 80, my dear old mum would skip down the garden, jump on to a bench and hop over the wall to check on her next-door neighbour.
  • A burglar who twice crept through a roof space to raid his next-door neighbour's house has been jailed for 15 months.


[mass noun]
The people, building, or room next door: next door’s dog a man emerged from next door
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  • A machine that is so powerful it can suck up dirt not just from your own living room but next door's too.
  • The dogs from next door often burrow under the fence and into my garden digging up plants.
  • Just as he was getting ready to throw another rock, the dog from next door, Rocky, suddenly appeared.



the boy (or girl) next door

A person perceived as familiar and dependable, typically in the context of a romantic relationship: [as modifier]: I tend to be thought of as the girl-next-door type
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  • Peter holds a torch for the girl next door, flame-haired Mary - Jane but she's dating a loud-mouth jock and doesn't seem to notice her slightly goofy neighbour.
  • I though Mena should be something around 30 or 40 in age, judged from the article, but I was so surprised that she is so young, just like a girl next door.
  • Jayasudha, once the girl next door and today the amiable ‘Aunty,’ is a content woman, having realised her childhood dream of becoming a social worker.

next door to

In the next house or room to: the newsagent next door to Mr Afzal’s store
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  • I heard that the house next door to where I lived on Main Street is gutted.
  • Two women and two men in the painting room, next door to where the cleaning process takes place, were contaminated.
  • But it was clear he was in the room next door to where the talks were going on.
informal2.1 Almost; near to: she thought George was next door to a saint
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  • On the way to the theatre Mr. Klein reminded his companion that "Carmen" had been next door to a failure at the Opéra Comique three years before.
  • She has to wait months for such an opportunity, meantime repeating, night after I night, a character which she feels to be next door to a failure-and there is no more disheartening drudgery in the world.

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