at (one's) door(redirected from at their doors)
at (one's) door
1. Literally, outside one's door. I'm at your door right now—where are you?
2. By extension, one's responsibility. That issue is at the police commissioner's door now. I always hire reputable contractors for my company because I don't want complaints of shoddy construction at my door.
3. Very close to one's location, especially of an unwanted thing that is encroaching. We used to think of it as a skirmish on the frontier, but the war is now at our door. This whole area used to be rural, but with rampant development, the suburbs are at our door.
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at one's door
Also, on one's doorstep. Very nearby, as in The bus stop was practically on our doorstep, or The Mexican currency crisis is literally at our door. [Early 1900s] Also see lay at someone's door.
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at (someone's) door
As a charge holding someone responsible: You shouldn't lay the blame for the fiasco at her door.
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