Definition of doorknock in English:



  • A campaign of door-to-door house visits to collect for a charity or to appeal for support for a political candidate.

    as modifier ‘a doorknock appeal’
    • ‘The doorknock appeal is designed to reach people we normally wouldn't come in contact with by going to their homes.’
    • ‘I also personally did a randomized doorknock survey in Glasgow for publication in the academic journals - and several journals did in fact publish the results.’
    • ‘I can tell you what I got on my doorknock on the weekend at a few houses.’
    • ‘In this way we are self-terrorising - there's no need for 4 a.m. doorknocks and re-education camps.’
    • ‘‘We are especially appreciative of the dedicated commitment from volunteers and organisers of the annual doorknock which raised $141,000,’ he said.’
    • ‘‘We need about 200 people to help with the doorknock,’ he said.’
    • ‘We started the doorknocks in 1994 with three purposes.’
    • ‘It aims to raise $6 million on doorknock weekend.’


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  • Campaign by making door-to-door house visits.

    • ‘I doorknocked about 30 houses, got about 20 at home, and only 3 of those didn't give a few dollars, despite being disturbed late on a Sunday Morning by a complete stranger.’
    • ‘Houses were doorknocked door-to-door, but nothing came out of that.’
    • ‘More importantly, local residents were surprised that people were out doorknocking - they thought it was a practice of a by-gone era, so hopefully we will have earned their vote in part by showing we are prepared to work for it.’
    • ‘I spent a couple of hours this afternoon doorknocking up and down.’
    • ‘From next year, Year 10 and 11 students would have to do 20 hours of community service - from doorknocking to coaching sport teams - over the two years.’
    • ‘She goes doorknocking and finds an electorate largely uninformed when it comes to local politics.’
    • ‘One day while working, doorknocking and giving away free tickets to a holiday, as long as they had a free demonstration in exchange, I got the feeling again.’
    • ‘They managed to convince me to go doorknocking for them.’
    • ‘So when a woman and her husband turned up one day, doorknocking for the National Party, my grandmother invited them in.’
    • ‘I also signed up to go doorknocking tomorrow night and to drive voters to the polls on election day.’
    • ‘Anyone who has ever done doorknocking for a party will probably find this just as funny as I did.’
    • ‘This was a man who has spent the previous four weeks doorknocking in the Liberal cause.’
    • ‘He said average donations appeared to be down and it's probable more people were not at home when doorknocked.’
    • ‘Most importantly they ran strong grassroots campaigns with the candidates solidly doorknocking and getting out and about over the past year or so.’
    • ‘This has forced candidates to do much more doorknocking and to make themselves more accessible to voters over a period of time.’
    • ‘I'll be doing some doorknocking this weekend, and working on the next campaign push from our team.’
    • ‘So I always found going to events and doorknocking shaped the kind of priorities that I had.’
    • ‘She doorknocks and finds voters concerned about traffic but unsure politicians will fix it.’
    • ‘It is now looking for at least 250 volunteers to help doorknock on the day.’
    • ‘Join us to drop literature, doorknock in the neighborhoods, or join the campaign planning team.’