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

revolving door


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 As for The Flash, the film has had a long and rocky road in recent years to the big screen, with a revolving door of writers and directors being attached to the project. James Hibberd,, "Michael Keaton in talks to return as Batman for at least one DC film," 22 June 2020 The revolving door of disinformation continues to spin. Nina Jankowicz, Wired, "Facebook Groups Are Destroying America," 17 June 2020 The last decade has also been filled with one strategic mistake after another, as a revolving door in executive leadership brought it four different CEOs. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Closing sales start at some JCPenney stores," 17 June 2020 From there, Gaga and BloodPop began recording the album with a revolving door of producers including SOPHIE, Boys Noize, and BURNS. Joey Nolfi,, "Lady Gaga's Chromatica team reveals the history and future of her new era," 12 June 2020 Other looters are seen using their bare hands to try to open a revolving door. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "NYPD releases surveillance video of Macy's looting suspects," 10 June 2020 And an underappreciated person was Mason, who abdicated his throne as college hockey royalty to finally bring some stability to the revolving door of athletic directors that paved the way for many of the changes since. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's changes: How Spartans' athletic facilities grew in the past 25 years," 5 June 2020 The revolving door between the beer and coffee empires has also influenced JAB’s business model. Scott Deveau,, "JDE Peet’s Will Accelerate $2.6 Billion Amsterdam IPO," 3 June 2020 In addition, the IPI has compiled its own list of recommendations: Slowing the revolving door through restrictions on former state lawmakers’ becoming lobbyists. Brad Weisenstein, National Review, "Blagojevich’s Release Is a Chance to Tackle Corruption in Illinois," 25 Feb. 2020

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1973, in the meaning defined above


1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Revolving-door.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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