close the door on something


close the door on something
close/shut the ˈdoor on sth idiom
to make it unlikely that sth will happen

She was careful not to close the door on the possibility of further talks.

Main entry:dooridiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • close the door on — (something) 1. to end a situation or event. The court s decision closes the door on a shameful episode in the country s history. 2. to prevent something from happening. We shouldn t be too quick to close the door on change. I m trying to decide… …   New idioms dictionary

  • close the door on — close/shut the door on (something) to make it impossible for something to happen, especially a plan or a solution to a problem. There are fears that this latest move might have closed the door on a peaceful solution …   New idioms dictionary

  • close the door on — I close the door on (or to) see door II close (or shut) the door on (or to) exclude the opportunity for she had closed the door on ever finding out what he was feeling * * * close the door on see ↑door • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • shut the door on something — close/shut the door on (something) to make it impossible for something to happen, especially a plan or a solution to a problem. There are fears that this latest move might have closed the door on a peaceful solution …   New idioms dictionary

  • shut the door on something — close/shut the ˈdoor on sth idiom to make it unlikely that sth will happen • She was careful not to close the door on the possibility of further talks. Main entry: ↑dooridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • close the stable door after the horse has bolted — phrase used for saying that something has been done too late because the problem it should have prevented has already happened Thesaurus: late or too latesynonym Main entry: stable door * * * close, lock, etc. the stable door after the horse has… …   Useful english dictionary

  • close the stable door after the horse has bolted — If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. Close the barn door after the horse has bolted is alternative, often used in American English …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • close the stable door after the horse has bolted —    If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. Close the barn door after the horse has bolted is alternative, often used in American English.   (Dorking… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions