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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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  • He turned sharply and sauntered toward the open door of the house.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Her visitor had accepted the open door as permission to enter and was standing in the hall.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He was so astonished at what he saw that he slid behind the open door out of sight.

  • Then voices reached him through the open door, and a laugh—HER laugh.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Beyond, through an open door, could be seen the tiled bath-room.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for open door

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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