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open door

noun
1.
the policy of admitting people of all nationalities or ethnic groups to a country upon equal terms, as for immigration.
2.
the policy or practice of trading with all nations on an equal basis.
3.
admission or access; unrestricted opportunity:
His experience had given him an open door to success in his field.
Origin of open door
1520-1530
1520-30
Related forms
open-door, adjective
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  • At this time the air was extraordinarily still, the flame of a candle placed near the open door of the house did not flicker.

    Etna G. F. Rodwell
  • Then voices reached him through the open door, and a laugh—HER laugh.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • "Absent-minded—the citizen," muttered Barlasch, returning to the kitchen, where he resumed his seat on a chair by the open door.

    Barlasch of the Guard H. S. Merriman
  • Beyond, through an open door, could be seen the tiled bath-room.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • Through the window he had seen an open door behind Rann, and his blood thrilled with the idea that had come to him.

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
British Dictionary definitions for open door

open door

noun
1.
a policy or practice by which a nation grants opportunities for trade to all other nations equally
2.
free and unrestricted admission
adjective
3.
open to all; accessible
4.
(in industrial relations) designating a policy of management being prepared to talk to workers in the office at any time
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