Meaning of “doorstep” in the English Dictionary

"doorstep" in British English

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doorstepnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɔː.step/ us /ˈdɔːr.step/

doorstepverb

uk /ˈdɔː.step/ us /ˈdɔːr.step/ -pp- UK

[ T often passive ] disapproving If you are doorstepped by journalists, they come to your house and ask you to speak or answer questions, even if you do not want them to:

He complained about being doorstepped by the press.

[ I or T ] to go to every house in a particular area selling something or asking for support

(Definition of “doorstep” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"doorstep" in American English

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doorstepnoun [ C ]

us /ˈdɔrˌstep, ˈdoʊr-/

a step outside the door to a building:

fig. We need to be more proactive and seek out dangers before they’re on our doorstep (= too near to be ignored).

(Definition of “doorstep” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)