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close the door on (one)

To exclude one from something in a total or peremptory manner. A lot of banks closed the doors on me when I applied for a loan because of my criminal record. The government's new regulations will close the door on thousands of citizens seeking financial aid.
See also: close, door, on

close the door on (something)

1. Literally, to shut a door while something is in the way, usually accidentally. Whoa, hang on, my dress is caught on something. I think I closed the door on it. I accidentally closed the door on my finger. I think it might be broken!
2. To hinder something; to make something impossible. If they find out that you lied on your résumé, it will definitely close the door on this job opportunity for you. The new president has already indicated that she will be closing the door on any further efforts to unite the two countries.
3. To conclude something. While graduation closes the door on the high school experience for most seniors, there are always an unlucky few who have to stay behind an extra year. I'm just glad to close the door on this whole unfortunate affair.
See also: close, door, on
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/shut the door on
To refuse to allow for the possibility of: The secretary of state closed the door on future negotiations.
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Gyawali said that the Nepal Embassy in New Delhi is closely working with the Indian government to ensure the safety of Nepali citizens in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of stripping of special status to the state.
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At a regular briefing at the US Statement Department, Spokesman Mark Toner said that the United States was working closely with Pakistan and India on counterterrorism efforts.
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But Manchester United left-back Evra said: "I always make sure the group remains together and in good spirits and we remain friends, play closely together and are frank with one another.
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Counsel to businesses take note: shareholders of closely held corporations have fiduciary obligations to each other greater than those in the world of publicly traded organizations.
But the same findings stated "the public closely tracked" the sudden death of Jackson last week, with 30% saying they followed the stories very closely and 31% saying it was the story they followed more closely than any other.
Summary: The White House is "closely monitoring" the apparent hijacking of a US-flagged ship in the Indian Ocean.
Reserve Bank Acting Governor Grant Spencer said today that the Reserve Bank is closely following developments in the financial markets, both domestically and offshore.
Are you following the presidential campaign coverage closely? Kim Acosta, 44, developmental disabilities specialist: I'm following - probably not as much as I should, but I'm following it.