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Difference between Close the door on someone and Close the door to someone

close the door on someone

1. refuse to allow a person in:

  • Next a policeman let several people in including Dick, but closed the door on me.

2. refuse to talk to or have any more dealings with a person:

  • They closed the door on their daughter when she married without their consent.

close the door to someone—(of a club, university, etc.) refuse admission:

  • This country must not close the door to immigrants and refugees.

Cf.: open the door to someone—allow a certain category of people to enter or join:

  • The Anglican church had recently opened the door to women by ruling that national bodies could choose their own bishops.