Closed doors

Also found in: Idioms.

CLOSED DOORS. Signifies that something is done privately. The senate sits with closed doors on executive business.
     2. In general the legislative business of the country is transacted openly. And the constitution and laws require that courts of justice shall be open to the public.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in classic literature ?
When, however, the Columbiad was entirely finished, this state of closed doors could no longer be maintained; besides it would have been bad taste, and even imprudence, to affront the public feeling.
Nor was it at all unpleasant to hear his merry, boyish laughter ringing round hall and gallery, ere it died away against a dozen closed doors.
'Which is his rahm?' pursued the fellow, surveying the range of closed doors.
All these closed doors may hide no end of interesting people, and I have never seen a soul go in or out.
She did not care very much about the library itself, because she had read very few books; but to hear of it brought back to her mind the hundred rooms with closed doors. She wondered if they were all really locked and what she would find if she could get into any of them.
From the far side of the house through the closed doors came the sound of difficult passages- twenty times repeated- of a sonata by Dussek.
He approached the turn and looked around it; the corridor was empty to the closed door. Whoever had closed it had remained upon the outside.
At first Dorothy thought there was no opening at all in the marble, but on looking closely she discovered a small square door about on a level with her head, and underneath this closed door was a bell-push.
Sir Alfred glanced toward the closed door. Without a doubt they were alone.
Then, moved by some instinct of curiosity, he made his way round to the closed door of the boat-house, only to find it, as he had expected, locked.
The sight of the empty room and the closed door were satisfactory enough, and he did not hesitate for a moment.
In the wall opposite the window and near the alcove was a closed door, apparently the only exit from the room.