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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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  • At this time the air was extraordinarily still, the flame of a candle placed near the open door of the house did not flicker.

    Etna G. F. Rodwell
  • And he looked strange himself as he stepped in at the open door.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • "Absent-minded—the citizen," muttered Barlasch, returning to the kitchen, where he resumed his seat on a chair by the open door.

    Barlasch of the Guard H. S. Merriman
  • Gaston looked towards the open door and said, "It is the count."

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Through the window he had seen an open door behind Rann, and his blood thrilled with the idea that had come to him.

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
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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