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doormat  n.  
A mat placed outside and exterior door for wiping the shoes before entering.
Synonyms: welcome mat.
(figurative) A person who is habitually abused, taken advantage of or humiliated; sometimes, one who is physically weak; as, they used him for a doormat.
Synonyms: weakling.

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"Doormat" Quotes from Famous Books

... genially.) Cousin, if you continue in that strain I shall have to take you out on to the doormat and ...
— The Great Adventure • Arnold Bennett

... as they stood on Iggulden's threshold and doormat respectively—presuming rashly, on imperfect information, to delay farewells—"Now look here, Conrad, my dear boy (I like your name Conrad), don't you go and boil over to Sally to-morrow, nor next day. You'll only spoil the rest of your ...
— Somehow Good • William de Morgan

... said to Mis' Trimmer, speaking of me—because Mis' Trimmer had just asked where I was and Mis' Adkins had said I was out in the woodshed sitting with the cats and smoking—Mis' Adkins said, 'He's just a doormat, that's what he is.' Then Mis' Trimmer says, 'The way he lets folks ride over him beats me.' Then Mis' Adkins says again: 'He's nothing but a door-mat. He lets everybody that wants to just trample on him and grind their dust into him, and he ...
— The Copy-Cat and Other Stories • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

... the entrance lay a fish such as they had never seen before. It was flat as a doormat and seemed to cling fast to the coral floor. Upon its back were quills like those of a porcupine, all pointed and sharp. From the center of the fish arose a head shaped like a round ball, with a circle of piercing, bead-like eyes set in it. These strange guardians of the entrance might be able ...
— The Sea Fairies • L. Frank Baum

... writ large on his rotund countenance. Now he is hot and somewhat weary with the climb. He carries his hat under his arm and large pearls of moisture shine on the puckered forehead. His hair is thick and closely cropped, and strives upward with the even aspiration of a doormat. His cheeks are a little sallow and pendulous. He smiles under his thin moustache, the contented smile of an honest, hardworking, successful man. I know him well; I seem to have met him in a hundred editions in the offices of municipalities and prefectures, behind the counters of ...
— Mountain Meditations - and some subjects of the day and the war • L. Lind-af-Hageby

Words linked to "Doormat" :   softie, individual, mat, weakling, namby-pamby, mortal, person, welcome mat, somebody, soul, someone, wimp, softy, chicken, wuss

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