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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 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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"The EU and Azerbaijan come closer to each other every year.
Backup closer Pedro Strop recently tweaked his hamstring, but that seems to be healing, and Strop looks to be ready for Opening Day on Thursday at Texas.
Roba, accompanied senior officials of his administration, camped in Takaba Township for four days as he engaged the public on how to bring services closer to them and the importance of having public spaces for social amenities and government services.
Typhoon 'Tomas' (international name 'Man-Yi') remained almost stationary outside the northeastern border of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Sunday but showed signs of again moving closer to Luzon, data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) indicated.
New Zealand's North and South Islands are moving closer together after a series of earthquakes in 2016 that lifted the sea floor, the country's geology body has said, CNN reports.
Now it has become a door closer - and the likes of it can be seen in many a courtroom in the LDA Complex facing the Election Commission offices on the Court street.
Alas, no matter how heavily you pore over matchups and metrics, the issue of choosing a closer seldom is open-and-shut.
We're getting and closer, collide, mate, and who will Liam Announcing the news on BBC Radio 2 this morning, Liam told Chris Evans that he and his brother are 'getting closer and closer to each other.'.
However, it was a close game with Japan inching closer after each end.
Younger homeowners (aged 18-24) are more likely to live closer to their home town than other generations.
Download Houri: Hariri has brought closer viewpoints on electoral law NNA - Future parliamentary bloc MP Ammar Houri said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Saad Hariri succeeded in bringing closer the points of view among the political parties regarding the electoral law.
Reason behind health cuts CARE Closer to Home is given as the rationale for the A&E proposals, so it is worth taking a look at what it involves.
For even if it is not quite as apparent, Reds closer Chapman is as dominant in his spot as are Trout and Kershaw.
What are the ramifications of a maladjusted door closer? While minor changes in its closing speed will typically not affect most, the elderly and physically disabled are more at risk for a loss of balance, a fall or an injury.