One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who or thing which opens something again.
2Chiefly in industrial relations: a clause in a contract, typically between a union and management, which allows for the reopening of negotiations within the term of the contract.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alexander Beresford-Hope (1820–1887), politician and author. From reopen + -er.
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