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

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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 But that amendment doesn’t take effect until the end of 2022, meaning the revolving door will continue to swing for another two years. Gray Rohrer,, "Florida voters barred ex-lawmakers from lobbying for 6 years, but revolving door still swings," 7 Dec. 2020 The revolving door at quarterback has prevented this group from gaining its bearings in the wake of Prescott’s departure. David Moore, Dallas News, "Cowboys hope Andy Dalton’s return can make their debilitated offense a strength once again," 21 Nov. 2020 Financial industry executives may even be on the shortlist, and the revolving door will still revolve. NBC News, "From Wall Street to weed, corporate America prepares for life in purple," 7 Nov. 2020 Time to shut the revolving door that built a $740 billion Pentagon budget. Joe Garofoli,, "Rep. Barbara Lee has concerns about retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as Pentagon chief," 9 Dec. 2020 In the world of fashion, which features a revolving door of trends, this is no small feat. Katie Attardo, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Fisher Hoops Have Amassed a Cult Following," 2 Dec. 2020 And that doesn't even include the revolving door on the offensive line, where someone goes down and the Saints just plug in someone else and keep moving right along. Rod Walker,, "Walker: Sean Payton pushing all right buttons, deserves to be in Coach of Year conversation," 24 Nov. 2020 The revolving door for Cameroonians who arrive in the U.S. and are deported, their asylum claims rejected or set aside for technical reasons, has been spinning much faster under the Trump administration. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Cameroonian asylum-seekers who say they were abused in detention fight deportation against many odds: “I’m just trying to hold onto another day.”," 28 Oct. 2020 Locking down the revolving door is a popular cause among popular freshman House Democrats whom actual voters love. Jeff Hauser, The New Republic, "Beltway Lobbyists Are Clutching Their Pearls Over Biden’s Ethics Reforms," 28 Oct. 2020

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Revolving-door.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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