leave the door open for

leave the door open for (something or doing something)

To maintain or create the possibility of doing something or something happening in the future; to not prevent something from taking place at some point. We parted ways, but we left the door open for working together again sometime. The bill addresses several of our complaints, but it still leaves the door open for tax evasion by the largest corporations.
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leave the door open for

ensure that there is still an opportunity for something.
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Please Ann, will you leave the door open for me, so that one day I'll step through it.
Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has said the EU should leave the door open for treaty change but hinted that Germany should not push such a sweeping overhaul that it would force a referendum in any EU state.
Snow's statement did leave the door open for continued government support however, stating that the "Administration would accept an extension only if it includes a significant increase to $500 million of the event size that triggers coverage" as well as various other revisions.
But Carter missed a twisting layup as well as a pull-up jumper over Jones to leave the door open for the Lakers.
EASTENDERS actor Tony Caunter, who plays car lot owner Roy Evans, is said to be upset that after he told bosses he was quitting, they decided to kill off his character rather than leave the door open for him to return for guest spots.
Hunter seemed to leave the door open for further action if new evidence was developed.
Kevin is right to leave the door open for Gascoigne.
Then if the wife is gone a fair amount of time, you leave the door open for a guy to play.
They responded immediately to Patsy's pleas to leave the door open for her when she quits the top soap next autumn.
That might leave the door open for lighter-weight fighters, such as Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Roy Jones, as well as rising Olympians Floyd Mayweather and Fernando Vargas, to claim more of the market.
Both state and federal proposals leave the door open for shorter stays when the doctor thinks the mother is ready to go home.
The Lancaster City Council will consider launching a film bureau on its own, but will leave the door open for the city of Palmdale to join in the endeavor.