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What is the real meaning of the phrase "The girl next door?"Discuss

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sanjiwan | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted December 15, 2008 at 7:10 AM via web

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What is the real meaning of the phrase "The girl next door?"

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Jen Sambdman | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted December 15, 2008 at 8:05 AM (Answer #2)

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The phrase "The girl next door" is in reference to the attainable, average, every-day gal. The girl next door is who you went to school with, who you played with, and who you can ask to dinner without a bodyguard coming out of the shadows to take you out. She is the type of girl that anyone has a chance with to date, is good-hearted and pleasant in nature.

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aksmb | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 15, 2008 at 5:20 PM (Answer #3)

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A GIRL WHO IS VERY CUTE,OPEN AND FREE AND A NEIGHBOUR WHO LIKE SPENDING TIME WITH

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mayowa | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 23, 2008 at 8:26 PM (Answer #4)

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The girl next door

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rushna | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2009 at 3:26 PM (Answer #5)

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a girl who is very simple and easy going
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angelina18 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted May 24, 2011 at 5:46 PM (Answer #6)

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It means who is very simple, who can help you at any moment

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anant12345 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:29 AM (Answer #7)

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Every guy may have his specific girl-next-door prototype, but in general, she's the girl whom you always admired from afar and were afraid to approach, fearing that any erotic projection toward her would ruin her image as a decent, pure and almost virginal womanly ideal.

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supercoolvimi | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 28, 2011 at 10:53 PM (Answer #8)

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the girl next door means the real kind of girl we see everyday... unlike in movies that portray them differently... the kind of girl who is realistic, more humane..

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sawara | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 29, 2011 at 12:26 PM (Answer #9)

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A girl who has a broad mind,easy going,always tries to get attention of the others

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hmangaihazadeng | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted June 8, 2011 at 11:11 PM (Answer #10)

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"The Girl Next Door" would be your typical average girl yet a rare one amongst the thousands. She is the girl next door not because she lives just next door but because she is "The" girl next door. The girl who lives next to you not only in your physical world but inside you deep down in the heart.

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sanza | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM (Answer #11)

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The type of person who is a good neigbor, always there, and normal-meaning not unique in much of a way. the king of person who is fun to hand around.

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kukarad70 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted June 22, 2011 at 8:32 PM (Answer #12)

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The girl next door means a praiseworthy girl on her beautiness. No eyes could be down and returning back after seeing her and bond of extraordinary charm she must be. She must have attractive looks with her body figure. Characteristic of having male dominance ability and power with her.

The chances of seeing everyday to enjoy with her vigilance aside. Cute and burning of having power of making crazy to anyone so that she have been brought in highlight so that called the girl next door.  

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted July 17, 2011 at 4:31 AM (Answer #13)

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What a fun question!  I suppose each person in American society has his/her own image of that idiom.  Quite simply, she is not the prettiest and not the smartest, ... but the one with the best values.  She's the gal that the male teens don't necessarily want to date, ... but who the men (who used to BE those teens) all want to marry.

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anzhela1 | Honors

Posted July 22, 2011 at 4:28 AM (Answer #14)

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A simple, everyday girl
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granny54 | Student, College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted September 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM (Answer #15)

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This is a little late but, the girl next door is the girl that you consider a friend, someone you may never have looked at in a romantic way and thought you had no romantic feelings for, but she was great to play with and share with. She may not even live next door in proximity, but your parents and her parents were good friends and you all hang out together- picnics, ball games, school functions, church - and then one day she got a boyfriend and your eyes were opened and you found out that you were in love with her and have been since first grade - you tell her - she laughs at you and thinks you are just kidding because you never seemed to have a serious bone in your body when it came to her.  She's the girl next door.

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ariana3316 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2011 at 1:17 AM (Answer #16)

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The Girl Next door is a phrase meaning a girl you knew since childhood and afraid of approaching to say your feelings. It also means just friends with a girl. The phrase can be real as well! By saying the girl next door, it could mean your neighbour wich is a girl. There are more meanings to it so discover them!

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duttaswarnali | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM (Answer #17)

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a girl who is simple in nature and appearance with simples dreams to fulfill

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shihan | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted October 10, 2011 at 8:59 PM (Answer #18)

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The girl who is pleasent as well as the one who is close to you.

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rajendrarana | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 7, 2011 at 2:09 PM (Answer #19)

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the girl next door means the real kind of girl we see everyday... unlike in movies that portray them differently... the kind of girl who is realistic, more humane..

Nice one, explained "next door" in very simple manner. keep it up.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM (Answer #20)

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It's the girl you grew up with, became best friends, were always there for each other, she's a pleasant and kind girl and the kind of girl we see everyday. In songs sometimes this is used as the girl next door who the guy friend fell in love with. 

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nishu2766 | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted August 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM (Answer #21)

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Someone who is easy to talk to and down to earth. Not like some prima donna model or New York City fashion queen who won't give you the time of day. She is like all other ordinary girls we see everyday, nothing extraordinary. 

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