slam the door in (one's) face

slam the door in (one's) face

1. Literally, to close a door (e.g., to a house or room) forcefully when one is about to enter or is standing in the doorway. I was so mad at Paul for the way he spoke to me earlier that I slammed the door right in his face when he came back to the apartment last night.
2. By extension, to withdraw support from or refuse to engage, communicate, or work with one in a very abrupt and discourteous manner. This economy is so bad right now. Every business in town slammed the door in my face when I asked about getting a job. The company slammed the door in the CEO's face after rumors of his alleged embezzlement began to circulate. The senator slammed the door in the reporter's face when she tried to interview him about the scandal.
See also: door, face, slam

slam the door in someone's face

 
1. Lit. to swing a door closed with force while someone is standing in the doorway. I didn't know Todd was behind me and I accidentally slammed the door in his face. Please don't slam the door in my face!
2. Fig. suddenly to withdraw an opportunity from someone. The events of the last week effectively slammed the door in my face for future employment. We slammed the door in Bill's face since he was so rude when we interviewed him.
See also: door, face, slam