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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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  • Terry took the pin and pushed in the swinging door that led to the dining room.

  • He pushed open the swinging door with an old gesture, and walked to his desk.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • As she came hurriedly through the swinging door, Elda Hunt, cool and serene, looked up from her typewriter.

    Signal in the Dark Mildred A. Wirt
  • The boy pushed the swinging door with his foot, and walked into the butler's pantry.

    The Radiant Shell Paul Ernst
  • Bossy had come in through the swinging door, and was standing there, his eyes getting larger and whiter all the time.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • She pushed open the swinging door into the passage that led to the kitchen.

    Stubble George Looms
  • She kept watching the swinging door, hoping that the girl would reappear and give her an opportunity to question her.

  • In the background a swinging door opens into the dining room.

    Moral Ludwig Thoma
  • Reassured, I ventured further into the building, and pushing back a swinging door, I saw opened up before me a strange picture.

  • He stopped and stared at his father, who had been hidden from sight by the swinging door.

    Kennedy Square F. Hopkinson Smith

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