closed door


[klohzd-dawr, -dohr]
held in strict privacy; not open to the press or the public: a closed-door strategy meeting of banking executives.

1930–35 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
private; barred to members of the public: a closed-door meeting

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Idioms & Phrases

closed door

  1. An obstacle or restriction, as in There are no closed doors in the new field of gene therapy. [First half of 1900s]

  2. close one's doors. See close down. Also see behind closed doors; close the door.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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