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swinging door

a door that swings open on being pushed or pulled from either side and then swings closed by itself.
Also called swing door.
Origin of swinging door
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for swing door
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  • She led them past the foot of the great staircase and through a swing door covered with green baize.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
  • One of them opened the swing door a crack and thrust her head in.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • "My friend Mr. Heseltine-Wrigge and I are for the same destination," he replied, pushing open the swing door which led to the bar.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • In sight of Dougal's Coombes saw the swing door open and a silhouette—that of a man who carried a bag on his shoulder—pass in.

    Dope Sax Rohmer
  • Once more he stared at Otter and vanished through a swing door.

    The People Of The Mist H. Rider Haggard
  • He pushed the swing door and at once found himself in a room which seemed redolent of the country which everyone loves.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • At last there was a sound of the swing door which separated Robert's passage from the front hall, opening and shutting.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • She took the lift, glided down, walked slowly and carelessly across the hall and passed out by the swing door.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • He took a careful step, pushed the swing door half an inch and satisfied himself that was the kitchen at the back.

    The City of Fire Grace Livingston Hill
  • Suddenly, after twisting round a corner, he darted through a swing door into a stone-paved court, surrounded by brick walls.

British Dictionary definitions for swing door

swing door

a door pivoted or hung on double-sided hinges so that it can open either way
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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