Going to the doorsteps of the French minister, they there sharpened their swords!
A dog howling on the doorsteps or at the entrance of a house also foretold death.
And have him starving on people's doorsteps in the meantime?
No; no more than it pays to dust your rooms, or wash your doorsteps.
But that spot removed, why not come down at six, and wash the doorsteps?