closet with

closet (someone/oneself) with (someone)

To sequester someone or oneself with someone else in order to accomplish something. If we can just closet one party with the other, I think they will finally reach an agreement.
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closet someone with someone

to put someone into a private room with someone else for the purposes of conducting business. She closeted herself with the president and finally, once and for all, had her say.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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No common closet with a vulgar door on hinges, openable all at once, and leaving nothing to be disclosed by degrees, this rare closet had a lock in mid-air, where two perpendicular slides met; the one falling down, and the other pushing up.
Why clutter up your closet with shorts and flip-flops when it's 20 degrees outside?
Cold closet with cold equipment in a garage in south Florida and southeast Texas?
I tell people that the retail price for a simple white melamine closet with shelves and hanging (no drawers, no doors, short panel hanging system) averages between $100 and $150 per linear foot.
Most of these stars convert a whole bedroom into a sprawling walk-in closet with racks upon racks of designer clothes, couture dresses, jackets, bags, shoes and other lust-worthy pieces.
Since its inception, Wachusett Closet has helped dozens of students, who can access the closet with the help of a teacher, guidance counselor or school secretary.
If your closet doors overlap in the center, set the tower to one side or put a tower on each side of the closet with hanging space in between.
I am proud that I was able to come out of the closet with dignity and on my own terms.
Dubbed Cedarstor, the line includes a rolling wardrobe closet with zippered front, a 4-shelf rolling sweater and shoe closet and a 4-shelf shoe closet.
A few of the highlights included: organization solutions on every level, large open family/great room with built-in speakers and custom cabinetry, a kitchen with custom cabinets with granite countertops and coffee bar area, a Butler pantry between the kitchen and dining room, mudroom with built-ins and cubbies, a custom "Motor Trend" garage, and a master suite featuring a closet with center island.
The roll exploded open and engulfed the small closet with insulation, leaving me trapped in the attic.
Photo: Closet with angled corner at bedroom's entry doubles as privacy partition; skylights over bed balance light from windows