door ( doors plural )
1 n-count A door is a piece of wood, glass, or metal, which is moved to open and close the entrance to a building, room, cupboard, or vehicle.
I knocked at the front door, but there was no answer..., The policeman opened the door and looked in...
2 n-count A door is the space in a wall when a door is open.
She looked through the door of the kitchen. Her daughter was at the stove.
3 n-plural Doors is used in expressions such as a few doors down or three doors up to refer to a place that is a particular number of buildings away from where you are.
INFORMAL amount N down/up
Mrs Cade's house was only a few doors down from her daughter's apartment.
5 When you answer the door, you go and open the door because a visitor has knocked on it or rung the bell.
answer the door phrase V inflects
Carol answered the door as soon as I knocked.
6 If you say that someone gets or does something by the back door or through the back door, you are criticizing them for doing it secretly and unofficially.
by/through the back door phrase PHR after v (disapproval)
The government would not allow anyone to sneak in by the back door and seize power by force...
7 If someone closes the door on something, they stop thinking about it or dealing with it.
close the door on something phrase V inflects: PHR n
We never close the door on a successful series.
8 If people have talks and discussions behind closed doors, they have them in private because they want them to be kept secret.
behind closed doors phrase PHR after v, PHR n
...decisions taken in secret behind closed doors.
9 If someone goes from door to door or goes door to door, they go along a street calling at each house in turn, for example selling something.
from door to door/door to door phrase PHR after v, PHR n
They are going from door to door collecting money from civilians.
10 If you talk about a distance or journey from door to door or door to door, you are talking about the distance from the place where the journey starts to the place where it finishes.
from door to door/door to door phrase
...tickets covering the whole journey from door to door...
11 If you say that something helps someone to get their foot in the door or their toe in the door, you mean that it gives them an opportunity to start doing something new, usually in an area that is difficult to succeed in.
foot in the door phrase N inflects, PHR after v
The bondholding may help the firm get its foot in the door to win the business...
12 If someone shuts the door in your face or slams the door in your face, they refuse to talk to you or give you any information.
shut/slam the door in someone's face phrase V inflects
Did you say anything to him or just shut the door in his face?
13 If you lay something at someone's door, you blame them for an unpleasant event or situation.
lay something at someone's door phrase V inflects
The blame is generally laid at the door of the government.
14 If someone or something opens the doorto a good new idea or situation, they introduce it or make it possible.
open the door to something phrase V and N inflect, oft PHR to n
This book opens the door to some of the most exciting findings in solid-state physics...
15 When you are out of doors, you are not inside a building, but in the open air.
out of doors phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR
The weather was fine enough for working out of doors.
16 If you see someone to the door, you go to the door with a visitor when they leave.
see someone to the door phrase V inflects
17 If someone shows you the door, they ask you to leave because they are angry with you.
show someone the door phrase V inflects
Would they forgive and forget<endash>or show him the door?
at death's door