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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The revolving door between the government and the private sector has long been presumed to lead to the capture of regulators by industry interests.
In fact, I am actually reckless when it comes to revolving doors, flinging myself into fast-moving compartments in an attempt to demonstrate my testosterone levels.
And these three examples are from the same revolving door. There are many others around the world which have caused me pain - fast ones which smacked me on the backside, automatic ones which moved too slowly so I walked into them nose first, the one in a Manchester hotel which stopped suddenly, leaving me trapped, like a gerbil in a bottle.
Thus, two revolving doors at one building could save almost $7,500 yearly in natural gas used to heat and cool, amounting to nearly 15 tons of CO2 emissions.
While it concluded that most regulators acted with all expected integrity, it noted that there have been "instances in which former SEC employees appear to have exerted undue influence on current commission staff, or in which the temptations of traveling through the revolving door appear to have weakened SEC regulatory and enforcement actions."
"It appears the driver came through the barrier and then the car continued on into the revolving doors. The car was wrecked, as was the front of the hospital".
However, there''s one good thing about automatic revolving doors - it is impossible for the hapless user to go the wrong way.
Through our research, which includes the observation of actual revolving doors in action, we have discovered a fatal flaw in the program transformation process!
It would be beneficial to continue this procedure until you have had the opportunity to replace those ridiculous revolving doors with a better design of door.
Could it be that American Ballet Theatre has finally dismantled those revolving doors to its administrative offices?
wrote descriptions of windmills, which resembled our modern revolving doors.
There are currently no safety regulations under Japan's building code regarding automatic revolving doors because they have only been introduced in recent years and there had not been any reports of fatal accidents, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
The tone is set at the entrance, where two exquisite glass-enclosed bamboo forests flank the hotel's glass revolving doors.
The deer walked through the revolving doors and made her way to the baggage claim area at the airport, before being tackled by a passenger.
He describes his initial diagnosis at age 14, the subsequent withdrawal of support by his family, the nature of the voices continually prodding him to take his own life, his life on the streets, his experiences with the "revolving doors" of our mental health system, his personal haven in books and libraries, and his struggle with medication until "the day the voices stopped," when he was finally stabilized on Risperdal, one of the new generation of drugs called atypical anti-psychotic medications.