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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
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then more waiting, a stir of movement in the room beyond the closed door.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But from the other side of Adams's closed door his voice came querulously.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Helen left the room, and Kate remained gazing after her at the closed door.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He was surprised to find him praying before that closed door.

  • At last he walked to the closed door of his helper's room and rapped.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • His face was like a closed door, his eyes were curtained windows.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • To the left was the closed door of the taproom, which now seemed to furnish all the noise.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • Pointing to a closed door the widow said: "That's where she is."

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • 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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