American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A knob-shaped handle for opening and closing a door.
- n. a knob used to release the catch when opening a door (often called `doorhandle' in Great Britain)
- From door + knob. (Wiktionary)
“It's simple for a thief to break glass panels and then reach in and open a doorknob from the inside.”
“Keep it sad around here for Tommy’s sake, he said, and went back to the lobby, where he pulled the doorknob from the wall.”
“The doorknob is the homeowner’s property, and pulling particles from that property seizes those particles.”
“THE BOY Below the doorknob was a filigreed silver plate and a keyhole.”
“I kick at the walls on roommate's side and then break a doorknob on the closet door.”
“Beside the doorknob is a photograph of a halved screw attached to a piece of New Yorker letterhead that reads, "mutilated screw that came out of the MUNICIPAL BUILDING doorknob-see if I can find one to replace it.”
“Frankly, he looked like he might have an IQ somewhere between 'doorknob' and 'floor wax'.”
“Doorknob: No one has yet called "doorknob" so it remains the ultimate trump card in this crisis.”
“Sister Hetton had pale skin and black hair scrooped back from her face and balled into a kind of doorknob on the back of her head.”
“It was the kind of doorknob that needed only a straightened wire hanger to pop the bolt.”
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