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Definition of door noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    door

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//dɔr//
     
     
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  1. 1a piece of wood, glass, etc. that is opened and closed so that people can get in and out of a room, building, car, etc.; a similar thing in a closet a knock on the door to open/shut/close/slam/lock/bolt the door to answer the door (= to go and open it because someone has knocked on it or rung the bell) the front/back door (= at the entrance at the front/back of a building) the bedroom door the door frame a four-door sedan the fridge door Shut the door! Close the door behind you, please. The door closed behind him. see also back door, fire door, French door, open door, revolving door, screen door, sliding door, stage door, swinging door, trapdoor
  2. 2the space when a door is open Marc appeared through a door at the far end of the room. (informal) She just arrived—she just came in the door. (informal) He walked out the door.
  3. 3the area close to the entrance of a building There's someone at the door (= at the front door of a house). “Can I help you?” asked the man at the door. see also doorway
  4. 4a house, room, etc. that is a particular number of houses, rooms, etc. away from another the family that lives three doors up from us Our other branch is just a few doors down the road. see also next door
  5. Idioms
    at death's door (often humorous)
     
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    so sick that you may die I suppose you won't be coming to the party if you're at death's door!
    beat a path to somebody's door
     
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    if a lot of people beat a path to someone's door, they are all interested in something that person has to sell, or can do or tell them Top theatrical agents are beating a path to the teenager's door.
    behind closed doors
     
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    without the public being allowed to attend or know what is happening; in private The meeting was held behind closed doors.
    by/through the back door
     
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    in an unfair or indirect way His friends helped him get a job in the company through the back door.
    close, etc. the barn door after the horse has escaped
     
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    to try to prevent or avoid loss or damage when it is already too late to do so
    close/shut the door on something
     
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    to make it unlikely that something will happen She was careful not to close the door on the possibility of further talks.
    close its doors
     
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    (of a business, etc.) to stop trading The factory closed its doors for the last time in 2009.
    (open) the door to something
     
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    (to provide) the means of getting or reaching something; (to create) the opportunity for something The agreement will open the door to increased international trade. Our courses are the door to success in English.
    (from) door to door
     
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    from building to building The trip takes about an hour door to door. a door-to-door salesman
    get/have a/your foot in the door
     
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    to succeed in entering an organization, a field of business, etc. that could bring you success I always wanted to work in TV but it took me two years to get a foot in the door.
    keep the wolf from the door (informal)
     
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    to have enough money to avoid going hungry; to stop someone feeling hungry
    lay something at somebody's door (formal)
     
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    to say that someone is responsible for something that has gone wrong The blame for the disaster has been laid firmly at the government's door.
    leave the door open (for something)
     
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    to make sure that there is still the possibility of doing something We have left the door open for further talks.
    never darken my door again (old-fashioned) (humorous)
     
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    used to tell someone never to come to your home again Go! And never darken my door again!
    open doors for somebody
     
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    to provide opportunities for someone to do something and be successful
    out of doors
     
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    not inside a building You should spend more time out of doors in the fresh air.
    show somebody the door
     
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    to ask someone to leave, because they are no longer welcome
      shut/slam the door in somebody's face
       
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    1. 1to shut a door hard when someone is trying to come in
    2. 2to refuse to talk to someone or meet them, in a rude way
    to somebody's door
     
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    directly to someone's house We promise to deliver to your door within 48 hours of your call.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: door