We cannot foreclose the possibility that a strike against Iran might one day be defensible or necessary.
Why rush to foreclose on a homeowner owing $250,000 on a property valued, post-bubble, at $200,000?
What they have done is foreclose any meaningful response by the AP.
late 13c., from Old French forclos, past participle of forclore "exclude" (12c.), from fors "out" (Modern French hors; from Latin foris "outside;" see foreign) + clore "to shut" (see close (v.)). Senses in English influenced by words in for-. Specific mortgage law sense is first attested 1728. Related: Foreclosed; foreclosing.