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open door

the policy of admitting people of all nationalities or ethnic groups to a country upon equal terms, as for immigration.
the policy or practice of trading with all nations on an equal basis.
admission or access; unrestricted opportunity:
His experience had given him an open door to success in his field.
Origin of open door
First recorded in 1520-30
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open-door, adjective Unabridged
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  • The stranger halted at the steps of the old First Church of Windover; then ran up lightly, and disappeared within the open doors.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • We had come to the church, its open doors and windows all aglow with light.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • Even when we trustingly and resolutely keep every door of evil shut the circle in which we move will open doors upon us.

    Quiet Talks on Service S. D. Gordon
  • She knew that sympathetic groups were viewing her from the open doors behind.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • Through the open doors of the Cathedral could be seen dimly the group of great ecclesiastics waiting to welcome her.

    Mary Tudor, Queen of France Mary Croom Brown
British Dictionary definitions for open doors

open door

a policy or practice by which a nation grants opportunities for trade to all other nations equally
free and unrestricted admission
open to all; accessible
(in industrial relations) designating a policy of management being prepared to talk to workers in the office at any time
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open doors

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