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

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  • Elsie Marley had let Mrs. Moss out by the side-door, and half an hour later she passed out that way herself.

    Elsie Marley, Honey Joslyn Gray
  • At last the lawn was gained, then the gravel sweep, then the side-door.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Mr. Curtenty answered blithely from the shelter of the side-door.

    Tales of the Five Towns Arnold Bennett
  • They entered by the side-door, went eastward, and sat down by the altar-steps.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • They answered, “In a ‘side-door Pullman’ in the railroad yards.”

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • At the foot of each sofa was a side-door, for entrance and exit.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Its side-door cars, permitting quick loading and unloading, have long marked a progressive step in equipment.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • 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
  • Here is the house of some good man who hasn't locked the side-door.

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • Then the side-door would shut, and Joe was bustling about his work.

    J. Cole Emma Gellibrand

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