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English definition of “doormat”


noun [C]     /ˈdɔːmæt/
MATERIAL a piece of thick material on the floor by a door used to clean your shoes before entering a buildingCarpets, rugs and other floor coverings
PERSON informal someone who allows other people to treat them very badlyTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
(Definition of doormat noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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