answer the door

answer the door

To open a door after someone has knocked on it or pressed a doorbell. Can you answer the door? I'm a little busy right now. I did knock, but no one answered the door.
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answer the door

Fig. [after hearing the doorbell or a knock] to go to the door to see who is there. Would you please answer the door. I am busy. I wish someone would answer the door. I can't stand to hear the knocking.
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As a general practitioner, he might have bought a comfortable business, with a house and snug surgery-shop attached; but the son-in-law of Lady Malkinshaw was obliged to hold up his head, and set up his carriage, and live in a street near a fashionable square, and keep an expensive and clumsy footman to answer the door, instead of a cheap and tidy housemaid.
'Where's the servant whose business it is to answer the door?' she began angrily.
Mr Bozman said: "They tried to get him to answer the door but he didn't.
With the sunshine comes the door-to-door pests, and if your area is not already blighted by them, do the sensible thing and do not answer the door.
After realising they were in the wrong house, they fled emptyhanded, leaving the victim shaken and scared to answer the door.
After realising they were in the wrong house, they fled empty-handed, leaving the victim shaken and scared to answer the door.
The Ring[TM] Video Doorbell lets users answer the door from anywhere using a smartphone app.
"Most men answer the door without a shirt on," he said in a recent interview.
She asked her mother not to answer the door but minutes later Lewis sent her a text telling her she "best" answer the door or "my head is coming through it now".
The pub was named after a former owner who refused to answer the door but now you won't find anywhere with a warmer welcome.
So, same situation, same door, same guy, but you "innocently" answer the door holding the clipboard you were using to take notes mere moments before.
"We are appealing to the public for information to help find the offender, and also urging parents and carers to remind children not to answer the door to any stranger or any unexpected callers."
Less fidgeting means more focus, so you're ready to answer the door when opportunity knocks.
(3) Remind them to only ring a doorbell once as some people dislike being disturbed by hoards of youngsters and won't answer the door.