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doorstop

[′dȯr‚stäp]
(building construction)
A strip positioned on the doorjamb for the door to close against.

doorstop

1. A strip against which a door shuts in its frame.
2. A device placed on a wall behind a door, or mounted on the floor, to prevent opening the door too wide; also called a door bumper.

doorstop

Used to describe equipment that is non-functional and halfway expected to remain so, especially obsolete equipment kept around for political reasons or ostensibly as a backup. "When we get another Wyse-50 in here, that ADM 3 will turn into a doorstop."

Compare boat anchor.
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When the handle is attached, the doorstopper can be placed in and removed from any door with one hand while standing up straight, reducing bending-related strain on the back, legs and knees.
This was a bit of a doorstopper and she liked it, although the bacon was a little fatty for her taste.
HIS attempts at explaining the complicated legalistic doorstopper that is the Lisbon Treaty weren't too successful.
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Kat gets her claws into hissy Chrissie when she discovers all about DenOs doorstopper demise.
Well, now you can relive the old days, and have something to carry your sandwiches in, with this Walkman-esque lunchbox large enough for a doorstopper of a sarnie plus a banana - because it's important you get your five-a-day.
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The Retired Senior Volunteer Programme currently runs a Lottery funded doorstoppers campaign, informing elderly people about doorstep crime and how to tackle pressure selling in the town.
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