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shut the door v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (put up a barrier)  (figurado)cerrar la puerta loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
   (figurado)echar una barrera loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
 He failed his entrance exam, which has shut the door on him becoming a lawyer.
 No aprobó el examen de ingreso y con eso cerró la puerta de convertirse en abogado.
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