Green’s Dictionary of Slang

door n.

1. [1940s+] (Aus.) a room rented by a prostitute with a door opening onto the street from which she can solict custom [euph.; note similar imagery in 17C door, the vulva].

2. [2000s] (US prison) the end of one’s sentence.

In phrases

work a door (v.) (also work a house) [SE door/ house n.1 (1)]

[1940s+] to work as a prostitute, standing or sitting in one’s own doorway; thus door-worker, a brothel prostitute.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

back-door shaker (n.)

[1920s] (US) a tramp who approached farmers (by knocking on the farmhouse back door) for short-term casual work.

In compounds

door and hinge (n.) [the way in which the joint bends]

[late 19C] the neck and breast of mutton.

doorknob (n.)

see separate entries.

door-knock/-knocker (n.)

see separate entries.

doormat (n.)

see separate entry.

door shaker (n.) [patrolling police or security guards shake doors to check that they are locked] [20C+] (US)

1. a security guard.

2. [1930s+] (US Und.) an opportunistic thief who takes advantage of unlocked doors, but does not actually break locks.

3. a police officer.

doorstep (n.)

see separate entry.

from the door

[1960s+] (US) from the very beginning.

make the big door (v.)

[1950s] (US prison) to be released.

out the door [the situation is so bad one has to leave the room]

[1980s+] (US) an intensifer.

you make a better door than a window

[20C+] a phr. used to someone who is blocking one’s view.