lay something at someone's door meaning, lay something at someone's door definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( 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.   (=doorway)  
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.     
    next door  
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 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   (=outdoors)  
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  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
1       pron   You use something to refer to a thing, situation, event, or idea, without saying exactly what it is.  
oft PRON adj, PRON adj about n  
He realized right away that there was something wrong..., There was something vaguely familiar about him..., The garden was something special..., `You said there was something you wanted to ask me,' he said politely..., There was something in her attitude that bothered him...     
2       pron   You can use something to say that the description or amount that you are giving is not exact.  
PRON prep  
Clive made a noise, something like a grunt..., There was something around a thousand dollars in the office strong box..., Their membership seems to have risen to something over 10,000.     
3       pron   If you say that a person or thing is something or is really something, you mean that you are very impressed by them.  
INFORMAL   The doors here are really something, all made of good wood like mahogany...     
4       pron   You can use something in expressions like `that's something' when you think that a situation is not very good but is better that it might have been.  
Well, at least he was in town. That was something...     
5       pron   If you say that a thing is something of a disappointment, you mean that it is quite disappointing. If you say that a person is something of an artist, you mean that they are quite good at art.  
PRON of n  
The city proved to be something of a disappointment..., She received something of a surprise when Robert said that he was coming to New York...     
6       pron   If you say that there is something in an idea or suggestion, you mean that it is quite good and should be considered seriously.  
PRON in n  
Christianity has stood the test of time, so there must be something in it..., Could there be something in what he said?     
7       pron   You use something in expressions such as `or something' and `or something like that' to indicate that you are referring to something similar to what you have just mentioned but you are not being exact.,   (vagueness)    This guy, his name was Briarly or Beardly or something..., The air fare was about a hundred and ninety-nine pounds or something like that.     
    something like  

-something     ( -somethings    plural  ) -something is combined with numbers such as twenty and thirty to form adjectives which indicate an approximate amount, especially someone's age. For example, if you say that someone is thirty-something, you mean they are between thirty and forty years old.      comb in adj  

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
take credit for another person's accomplishment
yell at someone; attack someone verbally or physically
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
to rattle someone's cage means to do something that is likely to annoy them or unsettle them
to lie lazily (in the sun): lizards bask on rocks, people bask on beaches. Also fig: to bask in someone's reflected glory; to bask in media attention.
expression used when referring to someone's profession, background, social class or life experience
E.g: People from all walks of life will participate to the event
what remains of someone's life in cyber space after his or her death
adopt a detached attitude; relax
go for something, take one's chances
polite expression offering to do something for someone
find a a partner for someone and act as an intermediary for the two persons to meet
meet someone by chance
E.g.I ran into James the other day when I was shopping (meaning=I met James without planning it, by chance)
something used to make someone do what you want
We can use the money as a bargaining chip in the negotiations.
something excellent, impressive
E.g.: The concert was a real doozy.
get seriously involved in a relationship
what's up
sms like writing, incorrect form in English
it's ready!
or "dinner's ready!"; "lunch is ready!"; "breakfast's ready!"
could refer to a very weak cup of tea/pint of beer
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
a mess, a failure
[Slang];[UK] it comes from the cooking domain where the phrase described a dish that was not tasty enough and therefore thrown away to dogs
to feed something incorrectly
something easy to get
worry about something; be concerned about smth. (to the point of not being able to fall asleep)
something that improves morale
the best, the dog's bollocks , the bee's knees
be kept waiting
The duck's nuts, the best, the top.


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