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DOOR. The place of usual entrance in a house, or into a room in the house.
     2. To authorize the breach of an outer door in order to serve process, the process must be of a criminal nature; and even then a demand of admittance must first have been refused. 5 Co. 93; 4 Leon. 41; T. Jones, 234; 1 N. H. Rep. 346; 10 John. 263; 1 Root, 83 , 134; 21 Pick. R. 156. The outer door may also be broken open for the purpose of executing a writ of habere facias. 5 Co. 93; Bac. Ab. Sheriff, N. 3.
     3. An outer door cannot in general be broken for the purpose of serving civil process; 13 Mass. 520; but after the defendant has been arrested, and he takes refuge in his own house, the officer may justify breaking an outer door to take him. Foster, 320; 1 Roll. R. 138; Cro. Jac. 555.; 10 Wend. 300; 6 Hill, N. Y. Rep. 597. When once an officer is in the house, he may break open an inner door to make an arrest. Kirby, 386 5 John. 352; 17 John. 127, See 1 Toull. n. 214, p. 88.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"The doorman was satisfied Mr Lester was affected by drink and he was perfectly entitled to refuse entry, and does not have to give a reason," said the judge.
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At Reflex nightspot later on, I again went outside to have a cigarette and when I went to go back in the doorman wouldn't let me in.
The song Doorman has the lyrics: "Doorman you got an attitude.
Hassan El-Khuweldi, 46, of Waterloo Street, Newcastle, a doorman at the Offshore pub next door to the Quilted Camel, denies murder.
The findings were revealed after the city council's licensing committee agreed to renew the public entertainment licence for the Premonition nightclub, three weeks after a doorman was killed and three others were shot outside.