knock at the door

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knock at 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 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?
2. To try to become involved in some group or venture. If that kid is knocking at 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 at the door with this win streak.
See also: door, knock
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hech!--haven't I caught 'em, after goodness knows hoo many preleeminary knocks at the door, dining on their husbands' knees, and steemulating a man's appetite by feeding him at the fork's end like a child?
The family members had to break open the door after the couple did not respond to repeated knocks at the door. Both were found unconscious and were shifted to Havelian hospital where doctors pronounced them dead.
Having made a poor decision in choosing unfashionable Norfolk as a vacation spot, they are barely enduring the location and their togetherness when a strange 30ish woman, Amber, knocks at the door of their rental house and is invited in.
"I feel like I'm just a kid and someone knocks at the door. I open the door and they say, `Graciela, do you want to come out and play?' I say yes, and I go.