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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The church hall is one of several hundred places statewide opening doors during the heat wave to give people a safe place to cool off. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Connecticut To Cook For Several Days In Heat Wave," 1 July 2018 Sully, a service dog, will help Bush with picking up items, opening doors and calling for help. Carolyn Mcatee Cerbin, USA TODAY, "George H.W. Bush gets a new service dog named Sully," 25 June 2018 To overcome this, the researchers gathered thousands of images of people doing activities like walking, talking, sitting, opening doors and waiting for elevators using both their wireless device and a camera. Saqib Shah, Fox News, "X-ray vision will soon give soldiers the ability to see through walls," 18 June 2018 Olson, who isn't a club member, had recently discovered the clubhouse after leaving the nearby Drink Wisconsinbly Pub, 135 E. National Ave., and noticing the open door. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Model railroad club still operates in a historic train station hiding in plain sight in the Harbor District," 13 July 2018 An agent pointed Santos, 31, toward the open door of a detention van. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "‘If we’re all together, I can handle it’," 9 July 2018 Outreach to unions More important, Mark has helped open doors between Kobach and the labor community. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "How Kobach met Trump: Hunting buddy links Kansas Republican and president’s family," 17 June 2018 The backdraft from the open door caused a sudden ball of flame to explode through the theater, instantly killing many in the virtually inescapable balconies. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian, "The Iroquois Theater Disaster Killed Hundreds and Changed Fire Safety Forever," 12 June 2018 The photo shows Blazek sitting on the ground and leaning against the open door of the car. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Photo of firefighter cradling little girl after car accident goes viral," 4 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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