American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A door, as in the entrance of an office or apartment building, usually consisting of four rigid upright sections interconnected at right angles and rotating about a central upright pivot.
- n. Informal An organization, institution, or place whose members, personnel, or population remain only a short time before going elsewhere.
- n. A door that rotates around a central pivot.
- n. figuratively A system or institution in which people exit and immediately reenter.
- n. a door consisting of four orthogonal partitions that rotate about a central pivot; a door designed to equalize the air pressure in tall buildings
- n. an organization or institution with a high rate of turnover of personnel or membership
“But here at the SFN, where Lena’s office was a revolving door of athletes, salesmen, and advertisers, Rolanda’s out-there, come-fuck-me wardrobe often proved to be an asset with said gentlemen—that plus her insider knowledge of the network.”
“After the hearing adjourned, Bennie pushed through the revolving door of the Criminal Justice Center with Mary DiNunzio struggling to keep up.”
“No," I said, not wanting to deal with the hotel doorman and on my own steam pushing through the newfangled revolving door of the Parker House, "I didn't forget.”
“When he saw me he shot through the revolving door so fast he gave the next half-dozen users a free spin.”
“Cliché flew backward, in through the revolving door and so fast that he was no longer touching the ground.”
“The most vivid memory I have of O.J., before the Ford Bronco Chase, the bloody glove, the If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit, is the revolving door of his trailer.”
“Clayton waved him off and gave a reserved smile to Randy Simms, who now walked through the revolving door of the club.”
“For two years, I watched a revolving door of nonevents that never stopped intriguing me.”
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