re·​volv·​ing-door | \ri-ˈväl-viŋ-ˈdȯr, -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

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Clint Johnson is the next guy hoping to stop that revolving door. Chris Hays,, "Coach Clint Johnson hopes to return Oak Ridge to glory," 10 July 2018 Meanwhile, the White House revolving door keeps spinning. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Hurled DNA Kits, "Handmaidens," and More (Mostly Bad) News from Washington This Week," 8 July 2018 But how adequate are those revolving door controls? Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "FDA’s revolving door: Companies often hire agency staffers who managed their successful drug reviews," 5 July 2018 Almost three times as many people have used the shelters like revolving doors — exiting and returning — as have moved into housing. John Wilkens,, "City's shelters falling short of goals in finding permanent housing for the homeless," 17 June 2018 The Ramblers were the antithesis of the recruiting revolving door, just passing through, one-and-done zeitgeist that has overtaken the college game. Christopher L. Gasper,, "Despite loss, Loyola Chicago proved it belonged all along," 1 Apr. 2018 And then there’s all the people that are revolving doors and military people into military contractors, blah, blah, blah. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Chris Kirchhoff, formerly of the Pentagon’s Silicon Valley office, on Recode Decode," 31 Mar. 2018 There’s a revolving door between the places where policy gets made -- Congress and the administration -- and lobbying shops on K Street., "Washington Leak Culture Meets Wall Street's Insider-Trading Cops," 29 Mar. 2018 The idea behind the package of reforms is to slow the prison revolving door by diverting non-violent drug felons from prison to local jails, and treating those with mental illness and addiction while they are locked up. Mary Ellen Klas And Emily L. Mahoney, miamiherald, "Florida is afraid of its prison system. Here’s what lawmakers want to do about it.," 18 Feb. 2018

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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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