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[klohzd-dawr, -dohr] /ˈkloʊzdˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr/
held in strict privacy; not open to the press or the public:
a closed-door strategy meeting of banking executives.
Origin of closed-door
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Dolly was never a woman of many words; she nodded her head towards the closed door and said, “A leetle quieter, if anything.”

    Stephen Grattan's Faith Margaret M. Robertson
  • Then more waiting, a stir of movement in the room beyond the closed door.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Through the closed door he heard the ominous, dull murmur of his striped adversary as it beat its angry wings.

    Day and Night Stories Algernon Blackwood
  • But from the other side of Adams's closed door his voice came querulously.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Luisa clutched the handle of the closed door, looking the man straight in the face.

    The Patriot Antonio Fogazzaro
  • Helen left the room, and Kate remained gazing after her at the closed door.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Poor Fairy was wandering restlessly before the closed door, ruffling her feathers, and sometimes flying up and pecking at it.

  • His face was like a closed door, his eyes were curtained windows.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • Yet my mind was ever on the closed door and my ear strained to hear the click of chips.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for closed door


private; barred to members of the public: a closed-door meeting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with closed door

closed door

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