revolving door


noun

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.
Informal.
  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

OTHER WORDS FROM revolving door

re·volv·ing-door, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for revolving door

revolving door

noun

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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