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

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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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.

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.
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References in classic literature ?
"Alas!" cried Rosa, sobbing, "can I open the door for you?
Yes, yes, I will take his keys, I will open the door for you!
"Open the door for me!" Geppetto shouted from the street.
"Won't he open the door for you?" said the Professor.
Khartoum, Oct 10 (SUNA) -- The Prime Minister, Mutaz Musa, has revealed the plan of the Agricultural Bank to declare focusing price for wheat and open the door for exportation, affirming that this action will protect the producer and encourage him.
Musa tweeted in tweeter by saying that he was pleased to be informed by the Chairman of the Agricultural Bank that they will declare a focusing price for wheat and the open the door for export,ation to protect and encourage the producer, affirming the keenness forward to support production and this way to sustainable development.
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.
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.
According to the arraignment sheet, prosecutors said the man threatened to suck Z.N.'s blood if she refused to open the door for him.
It is the first time a genetic risk factor has been discovered and the researchers, whose findings are published in Nature Genetics, believe it will open the door for new therapies to prevent attacks.
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).
In Rosselli, federal agents knocked on the suspect's door and said: "It's the police, we want to talk to you." 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." The agents then kicked down the door and arrested the suspect.