close the door on

close the door on (something)

1. Literally, to shut a door on something else, usually accidentally. Whoa, hang on, I closed the door on my gown! I accidentally closed the door on my finger, and I think it might be broken.
2. To hinder something; to make something impossible. If they find out that you lied on your resume, it will definitely close the door on this job opportunity.
3. To conclude something. Graduation will close the door on my high school experience.
See also: close, door, on

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

close (or shut) the door on (or to)

exclude the opportunity for; refuse to consider.
1999 South China Morning Post Fergie did not close the door on the couple reconciling some day.
See also: close, door, on

shut/close the ˈdoor on something

make it unlikely that something will happen; refuse to consider an idea, a plan, etc: I think this company should remain open to ideas and not shut the door on change.She was careful not to close the door on the possibility of further talks.
See also: close, door, on, shut, something
References in classic literature ?
I don't wish to hear you tell your servants to close the door on this friendless creature.