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doorknob

[dawr-nob, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌnɒb, ˈdoʊr-/
noun
1.
the handle or knob by which a door is opened or closed.
Origin of doorknob
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; door + knob
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  • He paused, his hand upon the doorknob, and turned to loose a last shaft at them.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Anderton picked up the phone and I took a firm hold on the doorknob.

    One-Shot James Benjamin Blish
  • Ye was froze harder'n a doorknob, but I guess I'm goin' to have ye out all complete.

  • At the head of the steps he fumbled with his hand until he found a doorknob.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • "I'm sorry I can't sell my sample," I said, with my hand on the doorknob.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • He kept his hand on the doorknob and watched the man carefully.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • Another bang, followed by an imperious rattling of the doorknob.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
Word Origin and History for doorknob
n.

1847, American English, from door + knob.

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