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leave the door open

To maintain or create the possibility of 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 as far as tax evasion by the largest corporations, it still leaves the door open.
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leave the door open (for something)

Fig. to provide for the possibility that something might happen. I think that the matter is completely settled, although we have left the door open for one or two last-minute changes.
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leave the door open

Allow for further action or discussion. For example, This will's terms leave the door open for fighting among the heirs. This metaphoric expression transfers the invitation implied by an open door to future events. Also see open the door to.
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leave the ˈdoor open (for/on something)

make sure that there is still the possibility of doing something: The management were intelligent enough to leave the door open for further negotiations with the union.
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leave the door open

To allow for the possibility of: Let's leave the door open for future stylistic changes.
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