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leave the door open

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 as far as tax evasion by the largest corporations, it still leaves the door open.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

leave the door open

To allow for the possibility of: Let's leave the door open for future stylistic changes.
See also: door, leave, open
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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However, it leaves the door open for indictments of company executives and employees.
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