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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 train was drawn up, with hardly anybody about its row of open doors.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Bill said, as they entered the open doors of the High Light.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • A rush is made to the big barred windows and open doors of the caf.

  • open doors were kept at the parsonage, as was generally the case in Elizabethan days.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • He moved so that he was between her and the other room, his back to the open doors.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
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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Idioms and Phrases with open doors

open doors

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