Word watch: doorstep as a verb

I ran across the word "doorstepped" in a story about a British journalist today. I didn’t understand what it meant even in context. So I looked it up.

The Oxford English Dictionary offers this definition: of a press reporter, etc.; to call upon or wait on the doorstep for (someone), in order to obtain an interview, photograph, etc. Apparently this is primarily a British term, although the practice occurs elsewhere.

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