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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"We hope that the Treasury have not closed their mind to the idea that, both in terms of employment and in terms of value for money for the public purse, maintaining Dunfermline Building Society as an independent and ongoing concern could well be the strongest option - and in the interests of its members and depositors."
And they have closed their mind to real reform of the public services.
Albayalde also said there was no point arguing with critics who already closed their minds on the existence of vigilante killings in the country.
Earlier, Jesus lamented over those who had closed their minds and hearts to his message, perhaps because they were afraid or unwilling to do what his message would demand from them.
They have closed their minds to the Championship, and age is just an excuse.
She said: "A lot of people have deadened, closed their minds to Grenfell.
She said: "A lot of people have closed their minds to Grenfell.
Prior to this, councillors could still have attended protest events and make statements, but just had to take care not to demonstrate that they had closed their minds to the alternatives.
"From the discovery of David's body there was an incompetent crime scene investigation, followed by an at best substandard attempt by the Ministry of Defence to consider the probable causes of David's death in circumstances where those directing the investigation wrongly closed their minds to there being anything other than one explanation," he said.
The rot started the day the institution, or rather the people running it, closed their minds to new ideas.
People have not closed their minds to it as much as I feared they had a year ago.
It closed their minds to new possibilities; it made them complacent and pleased with themselves" (p.
It is a comment from the leader of Northumberland County Council, Bill Brooks, pictured, appertaining to opposers of academies in Blyth and Ashington and I quote: "The organisers of the meeting are clearly not wanting a healthy and balanced debate I suspect they have already closed their minds." Now where have we heard this comment before?