close (one's) mind (to) (something)

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close (one's) mind (to) (something)

To become reluctant or resistant toward considering something. I've tried encouraging her, but it seems she's really closed her mind to the idea of running for office. Don't close your mind—there's always hope that a situation can change for the better.
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close (or shut) your mind to (or against)

refuse to consider or acknowledge.
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close your ˈmind (to something)

be unwilling or unable to consider new ideas, proposals, etc: His mind is closed to the possibility of reform. ▶ closed-ˈminded adj. (disapproving):: She was accused of being closed-minded and intolerant of other people’s opinions.
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She said: "A lot of people have closed their minds to Grenfell.
Prior to this, councillors could still have attended protest events and make statements, but just had to take care not to demonstrate that they had closed their minds to the alternatives.
From the discovery of David's body there was an incompetent crime scene investigation, followed by an at best substandard attempt by the Ministry of Defence to consider the probable causes of David's death in circumstances where those directing the investigation wrongly closed their minds to there being anything other than one explanation," he said.
The rot started the day the institution, or rather the people running it, closed their minds to new ideas.
People have not closed their minds to it as much as I feared they had a year ago.
It closed their minds to new possibilities; it made them complacent and pleased with themselves" (p.