shut the door in (someone's) face

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shut the door in (someone's) face

1. Literally, to close a door (i.e., to a house or room) abruptly, rudely, and/or forcefully when someone is about to enter or is standing in the doorway. I was so mad at Paul for the way he spoke to me earlier that I shut the door right in his face when he tried to get back in the apartment last night.
2. By extension, to remove, withdraw or deny very abruptly or rudely an opportunity or one's support from someone. This economy is so bad right now. Every business in town shut the door in my face when I asked about getting a job. The board of directors has shut the door in Wilkinson's face after rumors of his alleged embezzlement began to circulate.
See also: door, face, shut
References in classic literature ?
I should have shut the door in his face if he had," said Jo, settling herself on the floor at her mother's feet.
But he soon discovered that I had left him, and, rushing up after me, caught me in his arms, just as I had entered the chamber, and was about to shut the door in his face.
Well, I must lie down outside,' said Little Klaus; and the farmer's wife shut the door in his face.
I said I had gone across to Pendragon Park and shut the door in his face.
Seeing that the stranger still lingered, he beckoned Sam Weller to follow his master in, and shut the door in his face.