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1530s, from side (n.) + door.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • She hurried through the garden to a side-door in the wall leading to the lane.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Sutherland was just entering a side-door of the house when David accosted him.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • They entered by the side-door, went eastward, and sat down by the altar-steps.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Then the soldiers were ushered to side-door Pullmans once again.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens William Elmer Bachman
  • But there was light issuing from a side-door, which stood open.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • At last the lawn was gained, then the gravel sweep, then the side-door.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Here is the house of some good man who hasn't locked the side-door.

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • At the foot of each sofa was a side-door, for entrance and exit.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • This passage was connected with the pent-house by a side-door in the northern wall.

  • One side-door was kept open that I might sit back and yet have a good view.

    To and Through Nebraska Frances I. Sims Fulton

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