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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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The person who answered the door, informed me that my aunt and her daughter (I really cannot call her my cousin
I sat down in the hall to wait for my answer--and, having always a few tracts in my bag, I selected one which proved to be quite providentially applicable to the person who answered the door.
A most respectable though somewhat corpulent man answered the door, and, on hearing Mr.
Once more the respectable man answered the door, and showed the visitor up-stairs into the back drawing-room.
Groves," he added to the servant who answered the door, "the Prince of Saxe Leinitzer's carriage is urgently required.
He answered the door, I kept the fires going, he gave me a lesson in cooking, I showed him how to make beds, one of us wore an apron.
Visitors on entering the house would suddenly shoot past the person who had answered the door to them and disappear down these stairs.
Hilda lived alone, attended by a very pretty and competent French servant who answered the door and brought in the tea.
By this time she was so frightened about herself, and so uneasy about her sister, that she had thoughts of venturing downstairs again, and claiming the protection and assistance of the only woman she had seen in the house--the servant who answered the door.
When the pensioner who lived there answered the door they barged in, pushed her back against a radiator, demanded the cash and threatened to tie her up.
When the pensioner who lived there answered the door, the crooks barged their way in, pushing her back against a radiator.
A MAN who answered the door to the alleged victim of a machete attack found his face and hands covered in blood, a court heard.
The 85-year-old remains in hospital "deeply traumatised" by the assault which happened after he answered the door at his home in Northfield Road, Stoke, Coventry to a man claiming to be from Age Concern.
AN AMERICAN family wrongly told by police their son had died in a car crash were astounded when he answered the door at his home.
Mr Asquith answered the door to asK what Lynch wanted and he replied that he was LOOKING for a woman called Tracy.