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next-door

[adverb neks-dawr, -dohr, nekst-; adjective neks-dawr, -dohr, nekst-] /adverb ˈnɛksˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr, ˈnɛkst-; adjective ˈnɛksˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr, ˈnɛkst-/
adverb
1.
Also, next door. to, at, or in the next house on the street, especially if it is very close by, or the adjacent apartment, office, room, or the like:
Go next-door and get your sister. Your sister is next-door. Her brother lives next-door.
adjective
2.
being situated or living next-door:
next-door neighbors.
Origin of next-door
1475-1485
First recorded in 1475-85
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  • It's our next-door neighbor here--your son bought the house from him.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • Nantucket and Cape Cod are next-door neighbors, as you might say!

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • For imagine the Thebans, your own sworn foes and next-door neighbours, masters of Hellas!

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • For Garrison had fallen in love with his next-door neighbor, Sue Desha.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • The next-door pussy was sunning herself in the Wrights' yard.

    The Goody-Naughty Book Sarah Cory Rippey
Word Origin and History for next-door
adv.

also nextdoor, 1570s, from noun phrase next door "nearest house" (late 15c.), from next + door. Noun meaning "the people living next door" is from 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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