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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.
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" BAGHDAD / National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) -- The lists of Victory and Al-Fateh are the closest to the State of Law to form the largest bloc and the government of the political majority," MP of the State of Law Mansour al-Baiji said.
Turkey and Azerbaijan are the closest countries to each other and the closest allies, said Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on April 25.
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Thus (i) the absence of conflicts and (ii) the confirmation that a conflict has been resolved depend on determining the distance of closest approach (DCA) that is not less than the SSD.
Summary: Male [Maldives], Dec 24 (ANI): Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Sunday reaffirmed that India was the nation's closest friend and ally.
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