a closed door

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!
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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
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