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.
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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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In power he hardened his heart, closed his mind and lurched back into a Thatcherite attack on the vulnerable.
The atheists are keen to get their hands on it and Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, says that he hasn't closed his mind to people with other belief systems presenting it.
That doesn't mean Stoneman has closed his mind to the possibility of a move happening.
The judge told Smith he had supplied no information about the circumstances of the assault, either because he was lying, covering up or had closed his mind.
But the judge said the suggestion that Mr Prescott effectively closed his mind to any objections because of letters from Lord Sainsbury 'was not something which could conceivably be said to have been established'.
He accepts he closed his mind to it because he was fearful of the consequences.
But as troubling signs go, this is one of the lesser ones, given the fact that he closed his mind to our arguments long ago.
Called into Sven Goran Eriksson's last two squads, the Leicester keeper has closed his mind to the prospect of an international future.