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I'm writing a story and I want my character to burst through the door, not literally through the door, however, I didn't want to use the phrase "burst through the door" but am stuck as to another phrase or perhaps verb to use instead. Any suggestions?

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    barged in is pretty common (offered as a comment instead of an answer because I don't feel two words is substantive enough to warrant an official answer).
    – Dan Bron
    Jun 19, 2015 at 19:31
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    @DanBron thank you, it was something along those lines I was looking for. You've been a help to me.
    – Ellie
    Jun 19, 2015 at 19:34
  • He "stormed through the door" (or "stormed into the room").
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 19, 2017 at 13:25

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He erupted through the door, borrowing from The Brothers Piggett in Two Tales Dark and Grim by Christine Johnson et al--literally through the wood:

Flinging himself to the window, he wrenched up the frame, just as the wolf's head erupted through the door, snarling and terrible.

Or from The Dancing Boy by Ishani Kar Purkayastha--figuratively through the opening:

As the monsoon clouds erupted, ma erupted through the door into Moyur's room.


From the perspective of someone already in the room it might be said:

He erupted from the door

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  • +1.. IMO..more picturesque than exploded..and my last vote.
    – Misti
    Jun 19, 2015 at 19:46
  • I am honored to receive such a precious commodity :-) @Mysti
    – ScotM
    Jun 19, 2015 at 19:54
  • @ScotM..precious-- no, not for you. You wield your sword well.
    – Misti
    Jun 19, 2015 at 20:36
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A picturesque alternative is: He exploded through the door!

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'He bulldozed his way in through the door...'

From: bulldoze (verb without object):

Use force insensitively when dealing with (someone or something). Source: ODO

To advance or force one's way in the manner of a bulldozer. Source: Dictionary.com

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Your characters "crashed" through that door!

crashed verb crashed, crashing, crashes: 1. a. To break violently or noisily; smash: The dishes crashed to pieces on the floor. b. To undergo sudden damage or destruction on impact: The car crashed into a tree. see, the Free Dictionary

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hastened/ muscled in.

(vocabulary.com)

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Try:

shot through the door

shoot:

  1. [intransitive, transitive] to move suddenly or quickly in one direction; to make somebody/something move in this way (Oxford)

PS - A little context is needed to clarify you're not talking about guns.

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