open the door to/for somebody/something

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open the door to someone

1. Lit. to permit someone to enter a room, building, etc. The butler opened the door to the guests and they all entered. I opened the door to Mr. Wilson.
2. to make a move or passage easier for a person. Ann opened the door to Fred, who wanted to start a new career in writing. Mark opened the door to her, and she was always grateful to him.
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open the door to something

Fig. to invite something to happen. The armistice opened the door to peace talks. The door was opened to further discussion.
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open the door to

Also, open doors. Create an opportunity for, as in Legalizing marijuana may open the door to all kinds of abuse, or Her statement opened the door to further discussion, or Dad's connections at the hospital have opened doors for Richard's colleagues at medical school . [Late 1600s]
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open the door to

create an opportunity for.
1995 Kindred Spirit By recreating the space in which you live or work, Feng Shui can open the door to abundance, wellbeing and a Renewed Sense of Purpose!
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open the ˈdoor to/for somebody/something

provide somebody with the chance or opportunity to do something new, interesting, etc: Going to university opened the door to a whole new world for her.
References in classic literature ?
Yes, yes, I will take his keys, I will open the door for you
The victim was forced to open the door for the thieves.
BAGHDAD / NINA / A member of the Oil and Energy Committee, of the National Alliance MP Furat al-Shara said that the adoption of decentralization in the oil sector and open the door for investment to the private sector to build refineries and oil reservoirs will liberate the oil wealth from the hands of the government and eliminate unemployment and poverty.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's call, during lay the foundation stone for a refinery in Karbala, to the adoption of decentralization in the oil sector and open the door for the private sector , and facilitate granting approvals to applicants in the field of investment to the oil sector, will change the course of state toward the economic development for the advancement of the country's economy .
When I was trying to fathom out how to get out of the door (which opened inwards) of the first store, a lady walking past outside, stopped and came over to open the door for me.
WASHINGTON (PAN): With considerable progress being made toward signing the strategic partnership pact with Afghanistan, America's other important goal is to open the door for talks with the Taliban, a diplomat said on Wednesday.
On the other hand we could be waiting for someone we know and appreciate, like the watchful servants in the parable "who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks" (Luke 12:35).
Years ago, when young Yeger left the Seder table to open the door for this mystical guest, she suspected that her parents gulped from Elijah's cup, fooling her, just as Jewish parents have fooled kids for generations: He came
The agents then heard the door chain being engaged, scuffling of feet, someone running to the rear of the apartment, and a voice saying, "Don't open the door for anybody.
There's a tradition that we open the door for Elijah to come in, and everybody distracts the children while dad drinks from the glass: `Ooh, Elijah has been here,' '' congregation President Anne Aldrich said.