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 Alejandro Villanueva couldn’t hold up and the left guard position was a revolving door yet again. Mike Preston,, 12 Jan. 2022 While Pittsburgh has a perennial Pro Bowler in Heyward up front, the rest of the Steelers’ defensive line has been a revolving door in 2021. Mark Inabinett |, al, 6 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, Utah’s cornerbacks situation outside of Clark Phillips III has been a revolving door due to injury. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Dec. 2021 Colorado’s front seven is a revolving door in 2021, as defensive ends Terrance Lang and Carson Wells are the only players to start all eight games. oregonlive, 5 Nov. 2021 Reliable second-string catcher Victor Caratini was shipped to San Diego with Darvish, and in his place was a revolving door of backup catchers. Jared Wyllys, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Small forward has been a revolving door of sorts between Tate, Gordon, and House. Rahat Huq, Chron, 27 Oct. 2021 Jennings was the first in a revolving door of guest hosts that appeared on Jeopardy! Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 16 Sep. 2021 There’s a revolving door of running backs who back-up Austin Ekeler, so your guess would be as good as mine who to target as Ekeler’s handcuff. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of revolving-door


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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