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  1. Jess
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    Closed the door on me

    Is it correct if I say, 'to close the door on me' if someone turn a cold shoulder to me?

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    Re: Closed the door on me

    Quote Originally Posted by Jess View Post
    Is it correct if I say, 'to close the door on me' if someone turn a cold shoulder to me?
    Not in Canadian English. To close the door on something/someone is different.

    For example, if someone is training very hard in order to be able to compete in the Olympics in 2010, and has a very serious injury a few weeks before, then "The door has been closed on his/her hopes of those games."

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    Re: Closed the door on me

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    Not in Canadian English. To close the door on something/someone is different.

    For example, if someone is training very hard in order to be able to compete in the Olympics in 2010, and has a very serious injury a few weeks before, then "The door has been closed on his/her hopes of those games."

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    Hmm. Interesting example. We have the same usage in British English - you close the door on plans or hopes or prospects... But when you close a door on a person (rather than on what they may do if the metaphorical door is left open), you slam the door 'in their face' (and it's usually a physical door).

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