knock at the door

knock at the door

To present (itself) to one as a possibility in the near future, especially temporarily. Usually refers to opportunities or desirable options. It was hard leaving my parents and all my friends from high school, but when an opportunity to attend school in Europe knocked at the door, I knew I had to seize the chance. What would you do if the chance to make half a million dollars was suddenly knocking at the door?
See also: door, knock
References in classic literature ?
THE knock at the door was repeated--a louder knock than before.
I warned ye baith, it was a clean impossibility to knock at the door this time.
Then there was a knock at the door and Griffiths, healthy, strong, and cheerful, came in.
They tell Sarah Jane to knock at the door and call them, and Sarah Jane does knock at the door and does call them, and they grunt back "awri" and then go comfortably to sleep again.
Mr Haredale threw himself from his horse, but he had no need to knock at the door, for it was already open, and there stood upon the step a portly old man, with a very red, or rather purple face, who with an anxious expression of countenance, was remonstrating with some unseen personage upstairs, while the porter essayed to close the door by degrees and get rid of him.
The next day, just as the princess had sat down to dinner, she heard a strange noise--tap, tap--plash, plash--as if something was coming up the marble staircase: and soon afterwards there was a gentle knock at the door, and a little voice cried out and said:
That the place could possibly be, without her, was something my mind seemed unable to compass; and whereas she had seldom or never been in my thoughts of late, I had now the strangest ideas that she was coming towards me in the street, or that she would presently knock at the door.
Anne was considering whether she should venture to suggest that a gown, or a cap, would not be liable to any such misuse, when a knock at the door suspended everything.
Ten minutes later there was another knock at the door and the truck driver's partner found him in a pool of blood in a nearby alley.
One of the benefits of finally getting double glazing fitted, I said in a recent Diary entry, was that I would no longer be bothered by a knock at the door by young men in new suits trying to sell it to me.
Anybody can knock at the door, they will always receive an answer.
Success is not a sweepstakes waiting for the knock at the door.
When there was a knock at the door, she believed it was the driver.
Predictably, after the decisions in Payton and Steagald, cases arose where officers made warrantless arrests of unwary suspects who responded to a knock at the door.
The 27-year-old homeowner was watching television with his girlfriend when he answered a knock at the door, said sheriff's Lt.