close the door

or[bar the door] or[shut the door] {v. phr.} To prevent any more action or talk about a subject. * /The President's veto closed the door to any new attempt to pass the bill./ * /Joan was much hurt by what Mary said, and she closed the door on Mary's attempt to apologize./ * /After John makes up his mind, he closes the door to any more arguments./ Contrast: OPEN THE DOOR.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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