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/shut the door on
To refuse to allow for the possibility of: The secretary of state closed the door on future negotiations.
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Then his look turned toward Ona, who stood close to his side, and he saw the wide look of terror in her eyes.
Thuvia and Phaidor came close also, but when Thuvia saw that we would be alone she withdrew to the further side of the chamber.
Dejah Thoris stood as close to it as she could, whispering words of hope and courage to me, and urging me to save myself.
The earth seems far away and little; and the clouds, so close above your head, are brothers, and you stretch your arms to them.
And yet the professor is not an old or close friend of Tom's.
I threw up the window at once, but it opened so close to the floor and worked so clumsily that I came within an ace of pitching out, where I should certainly have ruined a rather lop-sided laburnum below.
The death wasn't in the house, but he ran it pretty close, ain't it?
The close, careful, and minute investigation that he always makes in order to be sure that every dollar that he gives will do the most good--an investigation that is just as searching as if he were investing money in a business enterprise--convinces me that the growth in this direction is most encouraging.
In the fall of 1898 I heard that President McKinley was likely to visit Atlanta, Georgia, for the purpose of taking part in the Peace Jubilee exercises to be held there to commemorate the successful close of the Spanish-American war.
I cannot close without assuring you that the modesty shown by yourself in the exercises was most favourably commented upon by all the members of our party.
he always speaks impressively; and at that moment there were the Greens and Miss Matilda Murray just before, and other people passing by, and he was obliged to stand close beside you, and to speak very low, unless he wished everybody to hear what he said, which--though it was nothing at all particular--of course, he would rather not.
He could hear the savage lord of the desert quite close by now.
For a time there was silence without, such a terrible silence that Tarzan was surprised that he did not hear the breathing of the animal he felt sure must be crouching close to the back wall of his tent.
The lion was quite close to him now--but a few paces intervened--he crouched, and then, with a deafening roar, he sprang.
His eyebrows were drawn close together; his gaze was entirely merciless.