doorstop


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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 buying, match the metal finish on the doorstop and hinge hardware.
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This doorstop will not only add style to any door but is one of those interiors accessories that is a must when kids are running around a house, doors are flung open in the summer or as you put it, you live in a house with umpteen fire doors.
5 Next fit the door stop down the jamb casing and make sure the doorstop fits tightly as it will take the weight of the door closing.
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PART of a village in Mid Wales was closed off yesterday after the discovery of an unexploded WWII bomb - once used as a doorstop.
This doorstop of a novel has been put through the juicer by US director Douglas McGrath.
* MAKE a stop at the British Red Cross online charity shop (giftshop.redcross.org.uk) where this Scotty dog doorstop, above, is pounds 20.
Armed with timetables and cycle route maps, they will deliver a doorstop lecture on "sustainable travel" benefits.
He told fans last night: "You can use the book as a doorstop, a missile, for weight training, deportment or for bedtime reading if you no-one answers your advert in the ECHO."
The anti-tank shell, which was later found to be a dud, was discovered in Garth Road, Builth Wells, where firefighters believe it was being used as a doorstop.