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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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I see something of myself in that damaged doorstop, a certain tall redhead in that taped-up chronograph, and many of you in both.
Doorstops in brass and even silver with long handles to save the user from stooping to move them became the most desired.
When I turned to leave the bathroom, the wolf doorstop was in my way again, directly in front of the door.
The theft involves doorstops to the value of pounds 4.
The assembly government is funding the installation of the doorstops.
For 40 years, people have had to deal with the short-comings of wedge doorstops that don't do the job," Pendergrass said.
However, I have used that swanky home gym that I got for a song on eBay: it's a perfect coat rack, is great for hanging washing on when it's raining, the bench is invaluable as extra seating when friends are over and three of the dumbbells are now doorstops.
You can find doorstops that mount to the door, wall or hinge at any home center or hardware store.
While we're on the subject of iron, you'll find plenty of colorful doorstops made of cast iron priced at $17 (regular price is $20, retail runs up to $40).
And for 40 years, people have had to deal with the short-comings of doorstops that don't do the job.
Now hospital officials have issued a leaflet to advise parents on simple safety measures they can take, such as fitting doorstops.
Hinge-mounted doorstops are up and out of the way and allow the door to swing open about 100 degrees.