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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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Over the course of eight years, 1915 to 1923, L.A. endured eight revolving-door police chiefs and four mayoral administrations. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2023 Her move also could add to criticism from some quarters that the SEC awards program might have a revolving-door problem. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2023
The change continues a leadership revolving door., 29 Nov. 2022 Lawmakers and others who spoke on Monday said the revolving door of presidents, without explanation from the state, is also making Mobile look bad from a workforce development stand point. al, 6 June 2022 Experts have suggested approaches like start-up grants and revolving door funds to increase access to child care facilities, along with tax incentives for businesses. Sarah Swetlik |, al, 14 Mar. 2023 The documentary is a deep dive into the group's colorful history, revolving door of characters (from Sexecutioner to Beefcake the Mighty), in-fighting between members, and soldiering on after tragedy, including the 2014 death of co-founder Dave Brockie. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 Due to ongoing tensions between the Bachman brothers, the revolving door of band lineups continued throughout the late 1980s through a second break-up in 2005; that break-up marked the official end of Robbie Bachman’s run with BTO. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 13 Jan. 2023 In a way, the revolving door in District 2 is Andrews-Sullivan’s best argument for re-election. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 25 May 2021 The Jets finished the season 7-10, missing the playoffs for the 12th consecutive year and dealing with a revolving door at quarterback. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2023 On the topic of competing with the private sector, certain federal agencies have been known to have a revolving door, where talented people come work for them, then join the private sector. Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 8 Jun. 2023.

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