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.
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.
But he failed to answer the door to officers at just before 1am and again at 2am.
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".
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.
Tommy Trench Don't answer the door to teenagers, and call the police if they cause trouble.
Less fidgeting means more focus, so you're ready to answer the door when opportunity knocks.
If you don't answer the door within a couple of seconds they pop a card through the door and they're off.
It should have been two but, when the bell rang after the first, he went to answer the door.
At one point, Knight hid his face behind a newspaper when he left his run-down council home in Eltham, South East London, Earlier, he refused to answer the door at the house he shares with his parents and girlfriend, shouting "f*** off".
They had been alerted by a friend who was concerned for Mrs Coe's welfare after she failed to answer the door A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said a murder investigation had been launched and a 45 year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
He assumed it was a salesman and didn't answer the door.
The 24-year-old, who has not been named, went to answer the door at his house in Golden Grove, Walton, at 9.