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

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

To be 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.
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close (or shut) your mind to (or against)

refuse to consider or acknowledge.
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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.
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It's because the majority have chosen to close their minds and hearts to anything connected to either.
There are so many young people who have suffered abuse in their young lives and it is people like these selfish objectors who would simply prefer to close their minds to the suffering of others and pretend it does not exist.
Stephen asks how close their minds are to human minds?
Showing them the deterioration of service delivery seems to set off an internal alarm bell which causes the supporters of the rulers to close their minds (in order to avoid cognitive dissonance and possible unpleasantness) with a single sentence: "At least our Mahangu fields are no longer destroyed by Caspirs".
What you would be asking American judges to do is close their minds to good ideas.
No Government is going to rush to lend large sums of money to a private business, but neither should Ministers close their minds to the idea.
DARREN Wrack believes Walsall must close their minds to the mood of Mill wall's unhappy fans at The New Den on Saturday - and "just focus on what we do".
They close their minds and choose to remain ignorant about this.
Just because she was working as a prostitute, people should not close their minds to the seriousness of what happened.
DARREN Wrack believes Walsall must close their minds to the mood of Millwall's unhappy fans at The New Den on Saturday - and "just focus on what we do".
Nobody can be said to receive a first-class education if they close their minds to either the arts or the sciences at the tender age of 16.