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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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Hearing the lessons he gives to others has interested and amused me so much that I took a fancy to lear, for Tina runs in and out, leaving the door open, and I can hear.
A guard, which had been stationed in the outer, or anteroom, and whose spirits were already in a state of alarm, took fright at Wamba's clamour, and, leaving the door open behind them, ran to tell the Templar that foemen had entered the old hall.
When they were dressed they found that the others had stolen out, leaving the door open behind them.
Then he went out of his room, leaving the door open. He walked quickly and resolutely, and though he felt shattered, he had his senses about him.
Miss Murdstone reappeared before I was out of bed; told me, in so many words, that I was free to walk in the garden for half an hour and no longer; and retired, leaving the door open, that I might avail myself of that permission.
But leaving the door open for any woman who feels she can abort a child is wrong.
The amendment to the spending bill was added by Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who wanted to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to Tehran, while still leaving the door open for American companies to buy the heavy water.
It's here that she finally confesses to Zeedan that Simon is the cause of all her injuries but begs him to stay silent, leaving the door open for even more abuse to occur.
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So leaving the door open when you left was met with a house full of folk doing Larry Grayson impersonations.
Leaving the door open behind him, the gang followed him inside and launched their attack.
When taking a nice, steamy shower, leaving the door open is an easy way to add a little extra moisture to the air in surrounding areas.
CARLOS SALCIDO is ready to quit Fulham and return to his native Mexico - leaving the door open for Paul Konchesky to move back to Craven Cottage.
The Education Secretary said he was leaving the door open to making the subject compulsory fo 14 to 16-year-olds under a new review of the national curriculum The requirement for teenagers to take a language at GCSE was axed by the last Labour government in 2004, and led to a massive slump in the numbers taking the subject at that level.
London, Feb 11 (ANI): Fresh concern is mounting over George Michael's drug abuse after police were called to his home in the middle of the night because he had wandered off, leaving the door open.
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