doorsteps, doorstepping, doorstepped
1) N-COUNT A doorstep is a step in front of a door on the outside of a building.
2) VERB (disapproval) When journalists doorstep someone, they go to their home and try to get an interview or photographs, even when the person does not want to talk to them. [BRIT]

[V n] The newspaper contacted his grandmother to trace his present address, and later doorstepped him at his home.

3) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If a place is on your doorstep, it is very near to where you live. If something happens on your doorstep, it happens very close to where you live.

It is all too easy to lose sight of what is happening on our own doorstep...

They have to put up with a giant oil refinery right on their doorstep.


English dictionary. 2008.

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