a closed door

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a closed door

A problem, impediment, or hurdle. The bureaucracy of this process is so frustrating. It's like there's a closed door everywhere I turn!
See also: closed, door

closed door

1. An obstacle or restriction, as in There are no closed doors in the new field of gene therapy. [First half of 1900s]
2. close one's doors. See close down. Also see behind closed doors; close the door.
See also: closed, door
References in classic literature ?
When he returned it was by another of the many closed doors, and he found me awaiting him, hat in hand.
At the bottom was a short corridor with a closed door at the end.
Upon what floor they were or in what part of the palace even Metak had no idea until, halting abruptly at a closed door, he pushed it open to step into a brilliantly lighted chamber filled with warriors, at one end of which sat the king upon a great throne; beside this, to the girl's surprise, she saw another throne where was seated a huge lioness, recalling to her the words of Xanila which, at the time, had made no impression on her: "But he had many other queens, nor were they all human."
The marriage-day was shining brightly, and they were ready outside the closed door of the Doctor's room, where he was speaking with Charles Darnay.
A burst of laughter resounded from the other side of the ill- closed door, and the door reopened.
Already the cold sweat started on my brow, already I glanced back over my shoulder at the closed door, when, to my unspeakable relief, my eye, wandering mildly in the direction of the stove, rested upon a second figure, seated in a large fauteuil beside it.
It was exactly the silence ensuing on the retreat of the servant and the closed door that marked between him and his hostess the degree of this ease.
Neither spoke, yet both knew before they opened the closed door what they would find beyond.
DECISIONS about where money raised by new developments should be spent should not be made behind closed doors, it has been claimed.
A source at the Supreme Court says the trial is being held behind closed doors because the case has been classified as 'secret' (Article 305 of Tajikistan's Penal Code).
ENGLAND'S Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia could be played behind closed doors after the hosts were accused of racism.
Parliament of Kyrgyzstan voted to consider the situation on the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border behind closed doors.
INTER Milan will play two home Serie A games behind closed doors following the alleged racist abuse directed towards Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, the Italian Football Federation has announced.
"We're under observation, but they've relaxed it a bit by not implementing the three closed doors, so the second and third (home games) are held under abeyance so to speak," Panlilio said.
The national team will play against Qatar on September 17 'behind closed doors' as part of the sanctions handed out by Fiba on Thursday on top of suspensions and whopping fines.