open | closed, shut | locked, unlocked | ajar, half-open
He had left the door ajar. The door was half-open when we got there.
| back, front, rear, side
the back door of a house the rear door of a car
| inner, internal
The inner door leads to the safe and is always locked after 5 p.m.
| external, outer
All external doors should be bolted top and bottom.
| big, great, heavy, huge, massive, solid, stout, thick
She had trouble pushing the heavy door open.
| narrow, wide | glass-panelled, glazed | double
Go along the corridor and through the double doors.
| unmarked | automatic, folding, revolving, sliding, swing
He got stuck in a revolving door. She pushed her way through the swing doors.
bathroom, flat, kitchen, etc. |
car, fridge, garage, lift, stage | trap
| magic, mysterious, secret
VERB + DOOR
fling/throw open, open, pull/push open
He flung the door open and caught them stuffing a document back into a briefcase.
| bang, close, pull closed/shut, pull/push to, push closed/shut, shut, slam (shut)
He pulled the door to.
| bar, bolt, lock
He arrived home to find the door barred. Remember to bolt the door before you go to bed.
| unbar, unbolt, unlock | keep/leave closed/open/shut, keep/leave on the latch
(= closed but not locked),
I left the door on the latch so that I could sneak back in later. Someone had propped the fire door open with a pile of books.
| come/go in (through), come/go out (of/through), come/go through, slip out of/through
He came in the side door.
| bang on, knock at/on
I banged on the door for ages but still couldn't wake them.
Go and answer the door (= open the door to sb who has knocked on it).
| see sb to
(= accompany sb who is leaving to the door)
| break down/in
They had to break the door down to get into the flat.
DOOR + VERB
creak | burst open, clatter open, creak open, fly open, open, slide open, swing open/shut/to
The door burst open and a little boy ran in.
| flap open, hang open
The car drove off with its rear door flapping open.
| be/stand ajar, be/stand open
The door stood ajar so I could see a narrow section of the room.
| be closed/shut, be jammed (open/shut), be stuck | bang (open/shut), clang open/shut, crash open/shut, rattle, shake
I was woken by a door banging in the wind.
| click (shut/to), close, shut, slam (shut) | connect sth, face sth, lead to sth, open onto sth
The door connecting the two offices is kept locked. This door leads to my bedroom. The door opens onto a sunny terrace.
| be set in/into the wall
I stopped at a low oak door set into the stone wall.
| bear a notice/plate/sign, be marked sth
I went through the door marked ‘Enquiries’.
DOOR + NOUN
handle, knob | frame, jamb | knocker | bolt,
catch, chain, latch, lock | key |
This big fat dictionary would make a good doorstop.
| mirror, panel, pillar (on a car)
at the ~
There's someone at the door.
| in the ~
He stood in the door for several minutes before deciding whether he'd stay.
| through the ~
He looked through the door to make sure the children were all right.
| ~ into/to
the door into the back garden
close/shut, etc. the door behind you
He banged the front door behind him as he left.
| hold/open the door for sb, pop/stick you head round/through the door
She popped her head through the door to say goodbye.
| shut/slam the door in sb's face
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