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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Other Words from open door

open-door \ ˈō-​pən-​ˈdȯr How to pronounce open-door (audio) \ adjective

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Word of Pecker’s access to the White House opened doors in Saudi Arabia for him. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 California Wine Country Ania GattoWine Country ConciergeShe’s pulled off after-hours tastings at top wineries, opened doors to invitation-only cellars, and has the scoop on what’s reopened after this fall’s fires. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 All proceeds as well as cookies will be donated to Deborah’s Place, the nonprofit community organization in East Garfield Park which opens doors for women experiencing homelessness. Louisa Chu,, "Celebrate International Women’s Day with cookies by top Chicago women chefs," 7 Mar. 2018 That’s the definition of bro culture—men supporting men, opening doors for one another and making those connections. Jo Piazza, WSJ, "The Quiet Efforts to Battle Silicon Valley’s Bro Culture," 11 Nov. 2018 Bailey said that doesn’t mean simply opening doors or installing fans, which just circulate the fumes. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 coffee-roasters found to have high levels of dangerous chemicals in the air that make workers sick," 16 May 2018 Overall, the results still seem to suggest that there is work to be done to combat stereotypes in science and open doors for more diverse generations of future scientists. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Kids Are Drawing Women Scientists More Often Than They Did Decades Ago," 21 Mar. 2018 Jarvis has been quoted as an expert throughout international news media reports, which has helped open doors for him and get executives to take his calls in a world where everyone is always searching for the next deal. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "International Soccer’s Man of Mystery," 9 Mar. 2018 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

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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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