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revolving door

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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.

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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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