leave the door open for (something or doing something)

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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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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.
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.
It's not a case of bolting the stable door after the horse has bolted - it's leaving the door open for the horse to run amok again and again.
Cllr Michael Oates said: "The kids probably don't realise the danger of taking the fuse out and leaving the door open for anyone or animals to get in.
The European Parliament's outspoken Irish president, Pat Cox, called it quits yesterday, saying he would retire from the assembly after 15 years while leaving the door open for a return to European politics.
"What we're saying here is that we're leaving the door open for the Holy Spirit," said Bishop Matthews.
* Stay In Constant Contact: Large companies won't always put out the time and energy to visit a small client, leaving the door open for a small business to fill that human need.
Now Quickbrowse has gathered six investors who have placed just tinder half a million dollars in the company for a minority stake, leaving the door open for even more precious venture capital funding.
A soap insider said furious Grant will fly out to America to find his boy - leaving the door open for BBC bosses to write him back into the soap.
Sources say the Peacock has reached a verbal agreement with DreamWorks for a pilot written by Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer, and the contract for the deal includes a fairly standard license-fee agreement, while leaving the door open for NBC to take an ownership stake if it supplies a piece of talent.
THEO WALCOTT was last night left out of Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 squad - leaving the door open for a senior slot.
But Cain will not be killed off - leaving the door open for a possible return.
World No 1 Gustavo Kuerten and title-holder Marat Safin crashed out of the Paris Masters Series, leaving the door open for outsiders to win the last tournament on the regular ATP circuit.
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