leave the door open for

leave the door open for (something or doing something)

To maintain or create the possibility of doing something or something happening in the future; to not prevent something from taking place at some point. We parted ways, but we left the door open for working together again sometime. The bill addresses several of our complaints, but it still leaves the door open for tax evasion by the largest corporations.
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leave the door open for

ensure that there is still an opportunity for something.
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Please Ann, will you leave the door open for me, so that one day I'll step through it.
Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has said the EU should leave the door open for treaty change but hinted that Germany should not push such a sweeping overhaul that it would force a referendum in any EU state.
Snow's statement did leave the door open for continued government support however, stating that the "Administration would accept an extension only if it includes a significant increase to $500 million of the event size that triggers coverage" as well as various other revisions.
EASTENDERS actor Tony Caunter, who plays car lot owner Roy Evans, is said to be upset that after he told bosses he was quitting, they decided to kill off his character rather than leave the door open for him to return for guest spots.
Kevin is right to leave the door open for Gascoigne.
They responded immediately to Patsy's pleas to leave the door open for her when she quits the top soap next autumn.