[ dawr-tuh-dawr, dohr-tuh-dohr ]
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  1. calling, selling, canvassing, etc., at each house or apartment in an area, town, or the like: a door-to-door poll.

  2. sent direct from the point of pickup to the point of delivery, as a shipment or order of merchandise.

  1. covering the complete route of a door-to-door shipment, delivery, etc.: door-to-door carrying charges; door-to-door insurance.

  1. in a door-to-door manner.

Origin of door-to-door

First recorded in 1900–05

Words Nearby door-to-door Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use door-to-door in a sentence

  • They manufacture simple compositions like polishing waxes and sell them from door-to-door.

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  • Just before the battle of Cerro Gordo there was a door-to-door canvass at Mexico; but only small sums can have been picked up.

  • Gracious, you wouldn't have to sell from door-to-door, would you?

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British Dictionary definitions for door to door

door to door

adjective, adverb(door-to-door when prenominal)
  1. (of selling, canvassing, etc) from one house to the next

  2. (of journeys, deliveries, etc) direct

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Other Idioms and Phrases with door-to-door


Calling at each house, apartment, store, etc. in an area, in order to deliver, sell, or ask for something. For example, We were asked to go door to door to collect enough signatures. [c. 1900]

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