close the door on

close the door on something

1. to prevent something from happening We shouldn't be too quick to close the door on change. I'm trying to decide what to do next, and I'm not going to close the door on anything.
2. to end a situation or event The court's decision closes the door on a shameful episode in the country's history.
See also: close, door, on

close/shut the door on something

to make it impossible for something to happen, especially a plan or a solution to a problem There are fears that this latest move might have closed the door on a peaceful solution.
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close the door on

Also, shut the door on. End or exclude from consideration, discussion, or action. For example, His lack of qualifications closed the door on further promotions, or Last quarter's poor sales figures have shut the door on any expansion plans.
See also: close, door, on
References in classic literature ?
I don't wish to hear you tell your servants to close the door on this friendless creature.