re·​volv·​ing-door | \ ri-ˈväl-viŋ-ˈdȯr How to pronounce revolving-door (audio) , -ˈvȯl- also -ˈvä-viŋ- or -ˈvȯ-viŋ- \

Definition of revolving-door

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: characterized by a frequent succession (as of personnel) or a cycle of leaving and returning revolving-door governments

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Definition of revolving door (Entry 2 of 2)

: a revolving-door system or process

Examples of revolving-door in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Browns attribute some of that to the revolving door on offense, with injuries to Kareem Hunt, Jack Conklin and others. cleveland, 21 Nov. 2021 Without the usual revolving door of guests and presenters, Trevor Noah had to take on a bigger role in introducing awards and performances — not to mention dropping tidbits of Grammys history like a Tuesday-night trivia host. Mia Nazareno, Billboard, 22 Oct. 2021 It's been like a revolving door of head football coaching openings. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 15 Oct. 2021 The band’s revolving door membership hints at something uncomfortable beneath its surface that probably would have been interesting to read about, but Grohl doesn’t go into detail. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Despite that revolving door, the Lions have been consistently competitive and are off to a 4-1 start going into a big Thursday night rivalry game against Hagerty (2-2). Andrew Johnson,, 6 Oct. 2021 But the public still expressed dissatisfaction with Suga, and his departure could mark a return to Japan's revolving door of prime ministers, said Koichi Nakano, a professor of Japanese politics at Sophia University in Tokyo. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2021 For a variety of reasons, including a revolving door of offensive coordinators and a drop-off in the quality of defense that Patterson is responsible for, this just isn’t the same TCU. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2021 Folk signed with the Patriots in October 2019 as part of their revolving door of kickers following Gostkowski’s season-ending hip injury., 19 Sep. 2021

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1973, in the meaning defined above


1895, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of revolving door

: a type of door that turns in its frame when it is used and allows people to go both in and out of a large building at the same time
used to describe a situation in which the people who have a particular job or position are constantly or frequently changing
used to describe a situation in which someone leaves and returns to a place or position many times


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