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 One of the major safety legacies of the blaze is that revolving doors in public buildings are now always flanked by two outward-swinging doors. Washington Post, "New film explores legacy of Boston’s Cocoanut Grove fire," 27 Nov. 2019 So these cities are headed back to the days of revolving door justice. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Denver District Attorney’s Office to examine past cases for potential racial bias as McCann aligns herself with national prosecutor reform movement," 19 Aug. 2019 Somehow, after what seemed like 28 separate transactions to construct a respectable outfield, Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski survived to put the clamps on that revolving door. Bruce Jenkins,, "Big crowd, big emotions for Madison Bumgarner’s start," 24 July 2019 Turnbull would then become the fourth prime minister to be dumped by his or her own party before serving a full three-year term since the revolving door to the prime minister's office started in 2010. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Australian ruling party set to choose new prime minister," 24 Aug. 2018 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

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1973, in the meaning defined above


1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Revolving-door.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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