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open the door for

1. Literally, to open a door for another person. Open the door for me, will you? I have my hands full right now. Now that I'm on crutches, I really appreciate it when people open the door for me.
2. To create an opportunity for someone or something. Female professors like you really opened the door for future generations of women scholars. Recent advancements in technology really opened the door for my latest invention to gain widespread acceptance.
See also: door, open

open the ˈdoor to/for somebody/something

provide somebody with the chance or opportunity to do something new, interesting, etc: Going to university opened the door to a whole new world for her.
References in classic literature ?
For Heaven's sake, Affery,' whispered Clennam, as she opened the door for him in the dark hall, and he groped his way to the sight of the night-sky, 'what is going on here?
At all three, lady shoppers inside the shops came forward and opened the door for us.
E[acute accent]--While dual-axis accelerometers opened the door for use in consumer electronics, tri-axis accelerometers are expected to rapidly displace them.