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revolving door

an entrance door for excluding drafts from the interior of a building, usually consisting of four rigid leaves set in the form of a cross and rotating about a central, vertical pivot in the doorway.
  1. a company, institution, or organization with a high turnover of personnel or members.
  2. a legal, medical, or other system or agency that discharges criminals, patients, etc., in the shortest possible time and without adequate attention or consideration.
Origin of revolving door
First recorded in 1905-10
Related forms
revolving-door, adjective Unabridged
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  • My mind was spinning like a whirling dervish in a revolving door.

    Unborn Tomorrow Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • They passed in through the revolving door of the hotel just as he reached the pavement.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • He advanced through the logical absurdity of a revolving door.

  • Why didn't Short and Long tell him he was in the revolving door?

  • “This way, Nancy,” said her conductor, cheerfully rushing her through the revolving door to the sidewalk.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe
British Dictionary definitions for revolving door

revolving door

a door that rotates about a central vertical axis, esp one with four leaves arranged at right angles to each other, thereby excluding draughts
  1. (informal) a tendency to change personnel on a frequent basis
  2. (as modifier): a revolving-door band
  1. (informal) the hiring of former government employees by private companies with which they had dealings when they worked for the government
  2. (as modifier): revolving-door consultancies
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