shut the door on something


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. 2014.

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  • 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

  • shut 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 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

  • 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

  • shut the stable door when the horse has bolted —    If you shut the stable door after the horse has bolted, you try to prevent something bad from happening when it is already too late.     Jack decided to insure the contents of his apartment after it was burgled.     Now that s shutting the… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • shut the stable door after the horse has bolted — I try to avert something bad or unwelcome when it is already too late to do so II try to avoid or prevent something bad or unwelcome when it is already too late to do so …   Useful english 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

  • door — [ dɔr ] noun count *** 1. ) a large flat object you open when you want to enter or leave a building, room, or vehicle: a little house with a red door The door creaked slowly open. There was a draft coming from under the door. open/close/shut the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • door */*/*/ — UK [dɔː(r)] / US [dɔr] noun [countable] Word forms door : singular door plural doors 1) a) a large flat object that you open when you want to enter or leave a building, room, or vehicle a little cottage with a red door The door creaked slowly… …   English dictionary