Definition of revolving door in English:

revolving door

noun

  • 1An entrance to a large building in which four partitions turn about a central axis.

    • ‘The dominant axis runs between revolving doors at north-west and south-east corners, and, like the big space, it ascends the height of the building.’
    • ‘He found the right building and pushed through the revolving door.’
    • ‘After smearing the fake blood over the building, the activists then wedged themselves into a revolving door at lunchtime.’
    • ‘Wordlessly, he stepped through the revolving door and into the building.’
    • ‘Public venues in those countries have revolving doors or automatic doors to prevent heat escaping.’
    • ‘Believe me, it's hard to make a classy, professional entrance to a company headquarters when you stumble in at half speed, holding up the ebb and flow of the building, before the revolving door spits you out into the full lobby.’
    • ‘Patrick Bérubé translates high-altitude vertigo into dizzying photos put on the floor of two revolving doors at the entrance.’
    • ‘With another look upward Sautrem entered the building through the large revolving doors.’
    • ‘Why did my ophthalmologist have to have such incredibly small revolving doors at the entrance to her office?’
    • ‘The revolving door that moved quite slowly contained a very impatient female, as she humorously tiptoed along with the door.’
    • ‘When they approached the revolving doors in the Department of Immigration building they watched open-mouthed as people smoothly passed through.’
    • ‘Follow the path around to the building with the revolving door, take the elevator four flights up, follow the hallway down and enter the second room on the right and watch me on the couch interviewing at Juilliard.’
    • ‘Frank greeted Rex warmly as he approached the giant revolving door that led into the building.’
    • ‘Presenting his back to Serena, Ethan walked through the revolving doors of the building and disappeared inside.’
    • ‘Winners can collect their tickets from the Daily Dispatch offices at the entrance closest to Station Street, through the revolving doors.’
    • ‘One real estate developer, Mitsubishi Estate, has announced it decided not to use automatic revolving doors in new office buildings and is considering removing them from existing buildings.’
    • ‘The visitor, entering through the revolving doors of the North Building, is transported to the Shanghai of 60 years ago as he admires the white Italian marble floor and the copper-coloured chandeliers.’
    • ‘Slamming the car door shut with a terrific bang, Daphne White lugs her shopping bags up to the hotel entrance, through the revolving doors, and over to the elevator.’
    • ‘She revolved around the revolving door 6 times before she finally stepped onto the pavement outside the hotel.’
    • ‘They start out, as I did, performing simple maneuvers with their dogs but quickly move on to more trying obstacles: escalators, revolving doors, airplanes.’
    1. 1.1Used to refer to a situation in which the same events or problems recur in a continuous cycle.
      ‘many patients are trapped in a revolving door of admission, discharge, and readmission’
      • ‘But there is more to Renoir's work here than revolving door love affairs, excellent compositions, and artistic editing.’
      • ‘The attorney general of British Columbia recently announced he was forming a committee to look for solutions to the revolving door situation in the criminal courts.’
      • ‘The World Class Athlete Program is a revolving door, meaning all athletes must continue to show progress to stay in.’
      • ‘It is a revolving door situation that this Government is not getting on top of at all.’
      • ‘The dizzying pace of this financial revolving door is the essence of globalization's entanglements.’
      • ‘As she explained to The Law Report's Maria Tickle, she has come a long way since being released from her first stint behind bars, and finding herself stumbling through the revolving doors of the criminal justice system.’
      • ‘The team used seven starters in right in 2000, and the revolving door could continue.’
      • ‘A selection policy alone will simply result in a revolving door syndrome many disadvantaged students selected, but very high dropout rates.’
      • ‘Unless they're going to lock up drunks and throw away the key, such a policy will simply create a revolving door situation, with as many itinerant alcoholics being released from prison at any given time as are being locked up.’
      • ‘Israel wants to make sure that no revolving door situation takes place here with those men being allowed to walk free as soon as Israel gives its order for the troops to leave.’
      • ‘The Salvation Army and Anglicare said the government had created ‘a revolving door charity operation’ where welfare recipients were cut off benefits and then sent to the charities for help.’
      • ‘The policy of revolving door justice changed under Mayor Dinkins.’
      • ‘So is homelessness for some a revolving door, hard to step out of the cycle?’
      • ‘Our prison has for too long been a warehouse for criminals, another revolving door which sees the same people coming in and going out, often worse than when they entered.’
      • ‘This means short-time sentences for drug offenders and a revolving door style situation which returns them to our streets, unrepentant and back in business.’
      • ‘At too many major corporations, diversity efforts represent a revolving door that either traps African Americans at the thresholds of their careers or ejects them from corporate America altogether.’
      • ‘They will make the best use of the wide ice surface with speed, but Filc's strategy has to be basic so anyone passing through the roster's revolving door can quickly pick it up.’
      • ‘Thai governments and Bangkok's revolving door of governors have attempted to rid our high density urban areas of hawkers for decades.’
      • ‘This revolving door kind of social work is surely valuable on an individual level, but it does not train leaders, build organization, or help the poor to lift themselves from poverty.’
      • ‘She urged the provincial government to implement addiction treatment to end the revolving door cycle of women's incarceration.’
    2. 1.2[usually as modifier]A place or organization that people tend to enter and leave very quickly.
      ‘the newsroom became a revolving-door workplace’
      • ‘His durability will stop the revolving door at the position, and he will provide pop in the bottom of the order.’
      • ‘And they wondered what the usual distribution of responsibility might be, particularly in a chain-ownership era when the publishers office sometimes seems to have a revolving door.’
      • ‘In light of the recent revolving door at the position, it's tempting to attribute Anderson's accomplishments to Shanahan's offensive system and Gibbs' offensive line.’
      • ‘In many cases, a revolving door approach to higher administration on select campuses has hampered our colleagues, and colleges and or schools from achieving collective goals.’
      • ‘It revolves around the world's second largest auto maker and the continually revolving door at the executive suite.’
      • ‘A revolving door of ‘heroic’ managers try continually to ‘fix’ this company.’
      • ‘Journalists emerging through the revolving door of sackings and resignations that have characterised the title for several weeks now, bear tales of an organisation that is riven with internal strife.’
      • ‘Confidantes are a more precious commodity than ever, in part because the CEO position has become a revolving door.’
      • ‘The European governments of the 1920s were like revolving doors, forever changing and with little sense of persistent direction.’
      • ‘Most businesses can't afford that sort of revolving door operation.’
      • ‘Aware of the challenge of making college a real option for nontraditional students, LaGuardia was determined to find new ways to keep the open door from being a revolving door.’
      • ‘Who do you want to knight you, one of Italy's revolving door leaders?’
      • ‘Moyes had claimed at his unveiling that he wanted to bring some stability to the club after the revolving door transfer policy of the last few years, but these hopes were dashed with the abrupt departure of Paul Gascoigne to Burnley.’
      • ‘When she took over a Saturday morning job on CBS, a lot of people talked about revolving doors.’
      • ‘The revolving door continues for commissioners, too.’
      • ‘He points out that the leadership has become a revolving door as four chiefs have come and gone since 1997.’
      • ‘With four culture ministers in as many years, Lee used the revolving door of executive changes to his advantage, making use of his trademark ‘controlled rages’ to maintain Scottish Screen's course.’
      • ‘A revolving door at the top has resulted in four presidents over five years.’
      • ‘This revolving door concept hampered any chance of building sustained chemistry and camaraderie between the players and thereby undermined team play.’
      • ‘Why should Pistons fans believe the hiring of new coach Rick Carlisle will stop the revolving door at the position?’
    3. 1.3US Used to refer to a situation in which someone moves from an influential government position to a position in a private company, or vice versa.
      ‘the revolving door between the administration and private lobbying firms’
      • ‘However, it would be much more difficult for the revolving door of lobbying and the military industrial complex to make multi-millionaires of generals and politicans.’
      • ‘Instead of a revolving door, there should be a steel wall between Wall Street and Washington.’
      • ‘Critics decry this revolving door between industry and government.’
      • ‘Think tanks can provide a revolving door for individuals to move in and out of government.’
      • ‘The industry-to-government revolving door, which has brought many meat industry insiders inside USDA, has weakened public health, also, the newspaper reports.’