close (one's) mind (to) (something)

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close (one's) mind (to) (something)

To become reluctant or resistant toward considering something. I've tried encouraging her, but it seems she's really closed her mind to the idea of running for office. Don't close your mind—there's always hope that a situation can change for the better.
See also: close, mind
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close (or shut) your mind to (or against)

refuse to consider or acknowledge.
See also: close, mind, to
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close your ˈmind (to something)

be unwilling or unable to consider new ideas, proposals, etc: His mind is closed to the possibility of reform. ▶ closed-ˈminded adj. (disapproving):: She was accused of being closed-minded and intolerant of other people’s opinions.
See also: close, mind
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Let us close our minds resolutely to all that happened last year at Lady Verinder's country house; and let us look to what we CAN discover in the future, instead of to what we can NOT discover in the past."
Testing guided cars, trucks and buses on motorways must not compromise safety - or be an excuse for sacking commercial drivers - but nor should we close our minds to what may be possible in the years and decades ahead.
Why do we close our minds, To the folk who were born here?
We need not close our minds or our borders to our neighbours.
Don't get me wrong, I like to buy "Made in the USA" as much as the next person, but sometimes we close our minds to options that are still sound, and might support countries we could call friendly to us, at the same time.
All I would ask is that we don't close our minds to harbour a single idea but open our minds to all ideas.
'We are not going to close our minds on it but if we are going to play at Murrayfield next year then we will have to get ahead.
We're not going to close our minds to any of the possibilities, but we, like you, feel the need to ask the questions and examine the answers.
'We don't close our minds to people who don't have hotel and restaurant experience and are not necessarily looking for people who have done the job before.
"We wouldn't close our minds to supporting more fixtures if racing's funding improved and we had more horses in training."
``We should allow field trials for research because we should not close our minds to that.
Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, 66 - new president of the Family Division at the High Court - said: "We should not close our minds to suitable families who are clearly not within the old fashioned approach."
But we shouldn't close our minds to possible improvements, including the publication of individual marks and a new top A-starred category.