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re·​volv·​ing-door ri-ˈväl-viŋ-ˈdȯr How to pronounce revolving-door (audio)
 also  -ˈvä-viŋ-,
 or  -ˈvȯ-viŋ-
: characterized by a frequent succession (as of personnel) or a cycle of leaving and returning
revolving-door governments

revolving door

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: a revolving-door system or process

Examples of revolving-door in a Sentence

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Once again, though, Yankee fans see a team with the kind of payroll their team has talking about a makeover at the trade deadline, perhaps for a swing-and-miss closer, for more reliable arms in their revolving-door of a bullpen, for another corner infielder. Mike Lupica, New York Daily News, 11 July 2024 Only sweeping changes to the rules regulating lobbying, government ethics, corruption, and revolving-door hiring from the private sector can restore public trust. Ganesh Sitaraman, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2020
Collaboration and Innovation: Working collaboratively with law enforcement, community organizations, and other stakeholders to implement innovative strategies that address the root causes of crime, the revolving door in our justice system and improve overall community safety. Jimmy Jenkins, The Arizona Republic, 11 July 2024 Legal battles, a revolving door of owners and plans to restore the hotel to a version of its former glory, came and went with the decades. Darrell Smith, Sacramento Bee, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for revolving-door 

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Word History

First Known Use


1973, in the meaning defined above


1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of revolving-door was in 1895

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“Revolving-door.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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