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knock on the door

1. To present (itself) as a possibility or (usually desirable) opportunity in the near future, especially temporarily. It was hard leaving my parents and all my friends from high school, but when an opportunity to attend school in Europe knocked on 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 on the door?
2. To try to become involved in some group or venture. If that kid is knocking on the door, you better let him join the team—he's really talented.
3. To be close to overtaking a competitor. Philly still sits atop the division, but Boston is knocking on the door with this win streak.
See also: door, knock, on

knock on (or at) the door

seek to join a particular group or sphere of action.
See also: door, knock, on
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Some courts view investigative tactics, such as knocking on the door and waiting for the exigency to erupt, as "too easy a by-pass of the constitutional requirement that probable cause should generally be assessed by a neutral and detached magistrate before the citizen's privacy is invaded.
The court went on to find that even if the exigency had not existed at that point, the agents did not impermissibly create the emergency because they acted lawfully by knocking on the door and announcing their presence.
The fact that the agents fully expected the occupants to attempt to escape or destroy evidence did not render unlawful the otherwise lawful acts of knocking on the door and identifying themselves.