open door


Definition of open door 

1 : a recognized right of admittance : freedom of access also : a policy providing such freedom
2 : a policy giving opportunity for commercial relations with a country to all nations on equal terms

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open-door \ ˈō-​pən-​ˈdȯr \ adjective

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All of the above locations are in fairly close proximity to other Target locations that will gladly welcome you with open doors. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Your Local Target Could Be One Of The Locations Closing By February 2019," 31 Oct. 2018 The two-seater is loosely modeled after the BMW Isetta, a midcentury car known for its compact body and unusual front-opening door. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The adorable Microlino car just got approved for European streets," 23 July 2018 On warm nights, the Benns, both 56, sit on their balcony listening to the live music that spills from the open doors of the Pearl Street Warehouse concert venue below. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "The Latest Housing Hotspot: Downtown and by the River," 6 Dec. 2018 All of that has been satisfying for Savage, as has his ability to open doors for young people in the scouting world. Albert Breer,, "Great Expectations Across the NFL: 10 Teams, Coaches and Players (Plus a Broadcaster) Staring Down a Huge 2018," 31 May 2018 Japan Nancy CraftEsprit Travel & ToursShe helps open doors to artists, chefs, craftspeople, musicians, Shinto priests, and Buddhist abbots. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 But how Levine made the money that's opened doors to City Hall, Air Force One and perhaps the governor's mansion is far more complex. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 Meanwhile, companies such as Boston Dynamics—which SoftBank bought from Google last year—are developing robots that can open doors, do backflips and carry heavy loads. David Meyer, Fortune, "Honda's Trailblazing ASIMO Robot Is Walking Off Into the Sunset," 29 June 2018 Such a system fuels a glaring inequity: Already privileged students are able to access prestigious opportunities that open doors to competitive jobs, leaving their peers who cannot afford to work for free behind. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "Fighting Privilege: The Senate Finally Wants to Pay Its Interns," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of open door

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of open door was in 1526

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Nglish: Translation of open door for Spanish Speakers

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