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revolving door

noun
1.
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.
2.
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
1905-1910
1905-10
Related forms
revolving-door, adjective
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  • Closing that revolving door would mean a serious increase in salaries.
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British Dictionary definitions for revolving door

revolving door

noun
1.
a door that rotates about a central vertical axis, esp one with four leaves arranged at right angles to each other, thereby excluding draughts
2.
  1. (informal) a tendency to change personnel on a frequent basis
  2. (as modifier): a revolving-door band
3.
  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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