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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.
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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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As the last step of the analysis phase, we remain one more additional transformation to quantify the network-wide degree of closeness centralization, which we would call the sCCV-to-GCC transformation.
Caughlin and Sharabi (2013) proposed that the interconnectedness between how relational partners engage in both TMC and FtF interactions reflects a mutual sense of closeness and satisfaction above and beyond the number of modes used.
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Mothers and fathers rated their relationships (both closeness and conflict) with their child when he/she was in grades 1, 3, 4 and 5, while in grades 1, 3 and 5, the children rated their levels of loneliness.
Keeping this tradition while the children are still young is helpful to keep the closeness last even when the family naturally and inevitably branches out later in life.
Justice Nisar on Tuesday noted that Tauqir Shahs appointment had not been made on merit but due to his closeness with Shehbaz Sharif.
He explained that closeness is a virtue to be 'attentive to ourselves and to others,' which is crucial in evangelization.
In addition to need severity and relationship closeness, target vulnerability cues may lead to altruistic empathic concern.
The transportation accessibility was measured by some indexes, such as Betweenness, Closeness and Straightness on the road network.
In an influential research, Freeman [5] gave more importance to degree [5-7], closeness [8-10], and betweenness [11, 12].
We randomly removed 10 and 15 percent of links, respectively, from this network and observed the robustness for Betweenness and Closeness measures (global) by using (3) and (4), respectively, proposed by Opsahl et al.
Results: The study found significant differences between "problem solving level" and family type, health assessment, life quality and mothers', fathers' siblings' closeness level; between "loneliness level" and gender, family income, health assessment, life quality and mothers', fathers', siblings' closeness level; between "depression level" and life quality, family income, fathers' closeness level.
Factors of the sibling relationship that were examined included rivalry, closeness, and frequency of different types of communication (e.g., e-mail).
Longing for the rebirth of Jewish life in the Holy Land, longing for closeness to the Almighty and love for the early pioneers in a beautiful book by a poet of the return to Zion, now available in English for the first time.
The source of guanxi is an accurate predictor and closeness is the best indicator of guanxi (Marsden & Campbell, 1984).