Open door

O"pen door

. (a) Open or free admission to all; hospitable welcome; free opportunity.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

She of the open soul and open door,
With room about her hearth for all mankind.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

(b) In modern diplomacy, opportunity for political and commercial intercourse open to all upon equal terms, esp. with reference to a nation whose policy is wholly or partially fixed by nations foreign to itself, or to territory newly acquired by a conquering nation. In this sense, often used adjectively, as, open-door system, open-door policy, etc.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The steps taken by Britain to maintain the open door have so far proved to be perfectly futile.
A. R. Colquhoun.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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