open the door for (someone or something)

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open the door for (someone or something)

1. Literally, to open a door for another person. Open the door for me, will you? I have my hands full right now. Now that I'm on crutches, I really appreciate it when people open the door for me.
2. To create an opportunity for someone or something. Female professors like you really opened the door for future generations of women scholars. Recent advancements in technology really opened the door for my latest invention to gain widespread acceptance.
See also: door, open
References in classic literature ?
You are acting by Rule," he explained, "in opening the door for me.
The guest, present or not, becomes an unpredictable member of the family, and opening the door for him invites an element of surprise and suspense.