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close the door on something

1. to prevent something from happening We shouldn't be too quick to close the door on change. I'm trying to decide what to do next, and I'm not going to close the door on anything.
2. to end a situation or event The court's decision closes the door on a shameful episode in the country's history.
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close/shut the door on something

to make it impossible for something to happen, especially a plan or a solution to a problem There are fears that this latest move might have closed the door on a peaceful solution.
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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
References in classic literature ?
Cousin Ebenezer shut the door, looked all around him and then said imploringly, 'MORE PRIVATE STILL.
During the time which Lord de Winter took to shut the door, close a shutter, and draw a chair near to his sister-in-law's fauteuil, Milady, anxiously thoughtful, plunged her glance into the depths of possibility, and discovered all the plan, of which she could not even obtain a glance as long as she was ignorant into whose hands she had fallen.
He entered the room and shut the door, and for a time stood in bewilderment, admiring the grandeur before him.
By eight o'clock Passepartout had packed the modest carpet-bag, containing the wardrobes of his master and himself; then, still troubled in mind, he carefully shut the door of his room, and descended to Mr.
Strickland shut the door behind her, and, moving to the other end of the table, took his place between the K.
There was a brief pause in the state-room of the Maypole, as Mr Haredale tried the lock to satisfy himself that he had shut the door securely, and, striding up the dark chamber to where the screen inclosed a little patch of light and warmth, presented himself, abruptly and in silence, before the smiling guest.
When he shut the door, mounted the box with the coachman, and they drove off, the little girlfound herself seated in a comfortably cushioned corner, but she was not inclined to go to sleep again.
And he went into his kingdom and shut the door in her face, and she had to stay outside singing--
I crept back to the coal cellar, shut the door, and began to cover myself up as much as I could, and as noiselessly as possible in the darkness, among the firewood and coal therein.
I had this glimpse behind the scenes, and then Miss Haldin, passing by the young man, shut the door.
A droll smile came over Jerry's face as he shut the door upon them.
And when he entered into his own house in Randolph Crescent(south side), and shut the door behind him, his heart swelled with security.
If I shut the door," he muttered, "my fire will go out.
She did not venture to ask any questions, and shut the door again, now sitting down in her easy chair, now taking her prayer book, now kneeling before the icon stand.
When Jane had gone home -- still with a hint of frost in voice and manner because Anne had declined so ungratefully and decidedly the honor of an alliance with the House of Andrews -- Anne retreated to the porch room, shut the door, and had her laugh out at last.