open the door


: to make (something) easier or more likely to happen
often + for or to
Her success opened the door for thousands of young women who wanted to play sports.
His experiences in the army opened the door to a career in politics.

Examples of open the door in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of these families fear that disclosure laws will open the door to recognizing biological donors in some way as parents — possibly granting them parental rights and more broadly undermining the legitimacy of L.G.B.T.Q. families. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2023 Yet some residents argue the district would open the door to water profiteering, claiming the plan would connect local supplies to California water markets, and allow the state to demand transfers during drought emergencies. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2023 One mom said that simply asking about parental leave policies and childcare benefits can open the door to discrimination, while another described how disappointed and unsympathetic coworkers were when juggling both responsibilities slowed her down. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 28 Nov. 2023 To make matters more fraught, spending quality time with your nearest and dearest can open the door for triggering comments about everything from your body to your career to your relationship status. Christine Byrne, Mph, SELF, 20 Nov. 2023 Jackson knew that a victory for him could open the door for the others. Anat Rubin, ProPublica, 4 Nov. 2023 Experts say that drone operations beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of a remote pilot have the potential to open the door to longer flights, new markets, and fewer restrictions on ground personnel. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 26 Oct. 2023 Those side effects can open the door to more problems, including a prescription to stronger drugs, which raises the risk of addiction and death. Tony Holt, Arkansas Online, 25 Oct. 2023 As Daines went to open the door to let Axel outside, the dog went in the opposite direction, sitting in front of the bedroom door of Amanda’s 17-year-old son Gabriel Silva and refusing to move. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Open the door.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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