open the door to

open the door to (someone or something)

1. To open a door so as to allow someone to enter. The enigmatic factory owner finally opened the door to the five golden ticket winners.
2. To lead to the possibility of something happening. Many are hoping that this summit will open the door to peace talks for the war-torn region.
3. To create an opportunity for employment or advancement in one's career. Not all of us have a rich father who can open the door to companies around the world; some of us had to work to get where we are.
See also: door, open

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.
See also: door, open

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.
See also: door, open

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]
See also: door, open

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!
See also: door, open

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 ?
and a servant threw open the door to allow Billina and her ten fluffy chicks to enter the Throne-Room.
The Open Doors': I open the door to ravines of laughter.
We advise residents to be cautious of unknown callers and not to open the door to them until they are absolutely sure their business is legitimate," said a West Mercia Police spokesman.
Philadelphia hopes to see a significant increase in the number of students who place out of algebra in high school, which would open the door to higher level math and science in high school.
The standards are tremendous," Princehouse said, "and they don't open the door to intelligent design.
Peter Abajian, executive director of the Armenian Assembly of America Western Region Office expects the MOU to open the door to a variety of cultural and business exchanges between Armenia and California - home to 500,000 to 600,000 Armenian-Americans.
QUESTION: It's been said that when you open the door to employee suggestions, you see improvements.
By qualifying under this program an owner would open the door to qualifying for richer and deeper 421-a or J-51 benefits as may be applicable.
This international competition will place an intense pressure on the Chinese pharmaceutical industry, and further open the door to a lucrative market for non-Chinese companies, especially for pharmaceutical producers and manufacturers.
But they said they do not expect the alliance leaders to open the door to the use of ground troops in the campaign.
The measure would also open the door to public funding of religion by guaranteeing "equal access" to government benefits.
This is a giant leap forward as this will open the door to secured, wireless or remote connectivity, PDA or tablet PC integration, as well as seamless integration of other partner offerings.
Very simply, it would open the door to federal involvement - and eventual domination and control - over what should be a local issue.
NAR urged the FDIC to deny the petition sought by the Financial Services Roundtable because it would harm the ability of states to protect their citizens; result in undue concentration of banking services and fewer choices for consumers; open the door to the mixing of banking and commerce; undermine the state banking system; and disrupt the competitive balance among financial service providers.
His father had taken his mother to a medical appointment, leaving explicit instructions not to open the door to anyone.