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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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Over the years, Duff not only had physical difficulties in using doorstoppers but also got billed several times for accidental door damage caused by vacuum cleaners, garbage receptacles and janitors' carts he propped against the doors while putting the doorstoppers in place.
After many years in the commercial cleaning business, Coverall Cleaning Concepts Franchise Owner Robert Duff had recurrent aches and pains from bending over every time he had to use a doorstopper to prop a door open.
Operation Doorstoppers aims to bring home the effect confidence tricksters have on their often old and vulnerable victims.
He made hand-painted rocks and sold them door-to-door as paperweights, doorstoppers and bookends.
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The Office picked up its usual amount of doorstoppers for its creator and star Ricky Gervaise.