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turnstile

noun [C] uk   /ˈtɜːn.staɪl/ us    /ˈtɝːn-/
a device that controls the way into or out of a building, room, or area of land, especially one that you have to pay to enter. It is a post with a number of short poles sticking out from it that have to be pushed round as each person walks through the entrance: The number of spectators going through the turnstiles is up on last season.
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