Definition of open door in English:

open door


  • 1[in singular] Free or unrestricted means of admission or access.

    [as modifier] ‘many companies encourage open-door management’
    • ‘Where will he find such a person in the scrambling capitalistic age of the economic open-door policy?’
    • ‘Today, there are 1,166 community colleges in the United States operating under an open-door admissions policy.’
    • ‘Francis has promised an open door policy with the media through regular press meetings.’
    • ‘The band operates an open-door policy and offers free membership to anyone who wants to join.’
    • ‘Far from being a joke, the continued open-door policy of the British Chess Federation looks set to tarnish the image of the British Championships, which starts next week in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘Australia had an open-door policy on foreign investment in our press, and the paper was purchased by the Daily Mirror Group of London.’
    • ‘Faculty frequently say that they have an open-door policy, that students feel free to come in anytime to talk about classes, plans, or personal matters.’
    • ‘An important aspect of 12-Step programs is the open-door policy which allows entry to anyone wishing to recover from addiction.’
    • ‘I continue to maintain an open door policy to survivors of child sexual abuse.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the Chinese government stepped up its open-door policy in 1992 after maintaining a tight rein on the populace for another three years.’
    • ‘Epp believes in an open door mayoral office, wherein people can call him and he will always answer them.’
    • ‘Although the competitive features of the open-door policy are improving matters somewhat, there is still a need for greatly improved sales and distribution networks.’
    • ‘Does this centre have an open door policy and are parents encouraged to drop in at any time?’
    • ‘They are in fact arguing for free entry, for an open-door policy.’
    • ‘Policy was consumer-driven but arguably not quality driven, leading to an almost open-door import policy.’
    • ‘Immigrants often turn to community colleges because of their open-door policies, low cost, proximity, and range of programs.’
    • ‘Although the centres will run on an open-door policy, refugees will be subject to a residence requirement and will not be offered alternative support.’
    • ‘It is as if direct attacks on capitalist economic practices themselves are prohibited by the open-door policy, but the culture-ideology of consumerism can be attacked, and through it, capitalist economic practices can be challenged.’
    • ‘But what we do not applaud is this Government's confirming and giving existing casino operators an open-door policy that enables them to decide who comes in and who goes out.’
    • ‘By comparison, within a couple of kilometers the French consulate runs an open-door policy with free access to a substantial library, exhibitions and regular film nights.’
    1. 1.1The policy or practice by which a country does not restrict the admission of immigrants or foreign imports.
      [as modifier] ‘an open-door immigration policy’
      • ‘Bolton is a town which has long absorbed different cultures, largely quite happily, with an open-door policy that has allowed many races to settle here.’
      • ‘However, he is not in favour of an open-door policy towards immigrant workers.’
      • ‘It simply does not know how to overcome the problems it has created by its irresponsible open-door immigration policy.’
      • ‘Unlike the doctor, the mainstream don't regard all asylum seekers as paragons of virtue, or welcome an open-door immigration policy for all those who fancy living here.’
      • ‘The minister said it was difficult to make estimates but the impression had been given that Ireland was the only country with an open-door policy.’
      • ‘Because of limited resources, the open-door immigration policy has been hotly debated among education practitioners, politicians, and taxpayers.’
      • ‘The Immigration Acts of 1921 and 1924 reversed the open-door policy of immigration and established quotas.’
      • ‘I am not in favour of an open-door policy which would allow work permits to anyone who comes into the country.’
      • ‘Indeed, between 1769 and 1875 the country had an open-door immigration policy.’
      • ‘New Zealand First members copped all the abuse when we highlighted the dangers of this Government's soft touch on open-door immigration policies.’
      • ‘If members doubt me, they go back to where I came from, the UK, and look at how it is straining at the seams all over the place as a result of having an open-door immigration policy.’
      • ‘But higher wages and unionized labor are, ironically, part of the agenda for the very immigration support groups that join with business interests in keeping an open-door policy.’
      • ‘There is no open-door immigration policy in this country, and the member knows that.’
      • ‘The key question is this: does Ms Adams and those who think like her believe that this country should have an open-door policy, or does she believe there should be controlled immigration based on a quota system?’
      • ‘Some major employers are advocating a more open-door immigration and refugee policy in order to obtain new sources of labour, particularly in technology industries.’
      • ‘Outlining the proposals, Justice Minister Michael McDowell said he has been contacted by the heads of Dublin's maternity hospitals about the pressures the open-door citizenship policy was placing on services.’


open door

/ˈōpən dô(ə)r/