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revolving door

A cycle in which employees do not remain in a position for more than a short amount of time before they leave, thus requiring the position to be filled frequently. Likened to a revolving door in front of a building where people can come and go at the same time. Primarily heard in US. Because public sector jobs typically cannot pay as much as private sector jobs, many positions become revolving doors.
See also: door, revolve

the revolving door

1. If you talk about the revolving door of an organization, you mean that the people working in it do not stay there for very long. The revolving door at Wests has only just stopped spinning. A huge turnover of players is usually not the ideal basis for success. For the next 25 years, the company had a revolving door of executives. Note: You can also use revolving-door before a noun. High spending by the country's revolving-door governments swelled the public sector debt.
2. If you talk about the revolving door between two organizations, you mean that people often move from one to the other, and sometimes back again. Mr Smith also spoke of the revolving door for senior civil servants getting jobs in industry connected with their former department. No fewer than 25 aldermen have been convicted of corruption since 1973. In fact, the revolving door between City Hall and jail accounts in part for the Mayor's current political influence.
3. You can use the revolving door to refer to a situation where solutions to problems only last for a short time, and then the same problems occur again. These kids are caught in the revolving door of the justice system, ending up back on the streets after serving time, faced with their old life. Note: You can also use revolving-door before a noun. This is the revolving-door syndrome: no home, no job, no money; hence crime, increasing isolation from society, imprisonment; hence no home on release, and back again to prison.
See also: door, revolve
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"It just feels like a revolving door at the club and that needs to stop somewhere.
Because some years ago, somebody realised that it''s difficult to nip through a revolving door if you use a wheelchair.
Because some years ago, somebody realised that it's quite difficult to nip through a revolving door if you use a wheelchair.
I accidentally went the widdershins way through a revolving door a couple of months back.
If a program doesn't adequately meet a person's needs, causing them to return numerous times for further services, we say, "That program has a revolving door."
The author writes that for too many low-income students the open door to American higher education has become a revolving door. In examining what can be done, he recognizes the centrality of the classroom to student success.
Mr Llwyd said: "There is a revolving door model cur-rently in place, where people go in to prison and often come out in a worse con-dition.
Q I TRY to be approachable but I'm so busy being an agony aunt to my staff I need a revolving door fitted to my office.
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With a revolving door of superintendents being the norm for large city school systems, as well as dissension among community groups and low or stagnant student performance, the adjective "outstanding" is warranted in Payzant's case.
A sensor in a revolving door that caused a fatal accident Friday in Tokyo was apparently configured so that its blind spot was not the smallest size possible, sources close to the case said Sunday.
Is your company or department becoming a revolving door? Experts say it's your fault, and the cost of productivity loss, training and development, advertising, and recruitment can total millions of dollars.
BRIAN McLEAN admits there's been a revolving door at Ross County but insists the new recruits won't be spinning for long.