close the door on (one)(redirected from closes the door on them)
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
Also, shut the door on. End or exclude from consideration, discussion, or action. For example, His lack of qualifications closed the door on further promotions, or Last quarter's poor sales figures have shut the door on any expansion plans.
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close (or shut) the door on (or to)exclude the opportunity for; refuse to consider.
1999 South China Morning Post Fergie did not close the door on the couple reconciling some day.
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close/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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