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front door

A regional term of art referring to the usual portal (e.g., A&E) through which a patient with an acute illness enters hospital in the UK and becomes an inpatient.
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Blount, was lifting his loud voice in applause, and the astonished financier his (in some considerable deprecation), when a knock sounded at the double front doors.
The climax of this, as of all else, was the moment when the two front doors at the back of the scene flew open, showing the lovely moonlit garden, but showing more prominently the famous professional guest; the great Florian, dressed up as a policeman.
The Major was still looking at him quietly, but with protruding eyes, when the front door was flung open, releasing a flood of gaslight on the face of the fading mist; and another figure in pyjamas sprang or tumbled out into the garden.
And then came the awakening - with such a knocking and a ringing at the front door as brought all three of us to our senses on the spot.
Sometimes we go flying down the great canals at such a gait that we can get only the merest glimpses into front doors, and again, in obscure alleys in the suburbs, we put on a solemnity suited to the silence, the mildew, the stagnant waters, the clinging weeds, the deserted houses and the general lifelessness of the place, and move to the spirit of grave meditation.
He kissed her quickly several times, hurried out of the front door into the rain, and waved to her from the carriage window as the driver was starting his melancholy, dripping black horses.
At the front door she encountered a second sentinel, and showed her pass for the second time.
The tale of woe began in January last year when Derek, from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, asked a builder for a quote to remove a wall to double his kitchen size, install a kitchen and redecorate the room, and fit a front door.
THIEVES ransacked a house after the front door was left unlocked.
com)-- Mars National Bank joined the First Front Door program through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.
AN INVESTIGATION is under way into a suspected arson attack in which a front door of a home was "maliciously" set on fire.
POINTING out that the front door is one of the first things visitors see of your home sounds like a very obvious statement - but it's a statement that can often be over-looked.