an open invitation

an open invitation

1. An invitation to do something at any time or whenever someone is inclined. Just because I let your insufferable friend Paul to come over that one time doesn't mean he has an open invitation.
2. Something that provides an ostensible reason or excuse for someone to do something immoral or illegal. A lot of people fear that legalizing marijuana will create an open invitation for people to try, buy, or sell any drug they can think of.
See also: open

an ˌopen inviˈtation (to somebody)


1 an invitation to somebody to visit you at any time
2 if something is an open invitation to criminals, etc., it encourages them to commit a crime by making it easier: Leaving your camera on the seat in the car is an open invitation to thieves.
See also: open
References in classic literature ?
Why, your every word and act was an open invitation to him, and he had not the sense to see it.
The intellectual services contract will be awarded on the basis of an open invitation to tender pursuant to Ordinance No.
As per the past practice, there is an open invitation for the Pakistani community and the British friends of Pakistan to come and be part of the celebration.
Bradley basically gives an open invitation to people that the next time he's nominated for an Oscar and he's feeling on top of the world, to get their keyboards ready.
The choir has now issued an open invitation for those who enjoy singing to join them at an open rehearsal this coming Thursday.
A TEESSIDE MP has issued an open invitation to water-intensive industries to move to our region.
Insp Neal Craig, said: "We want to remind people not to leave valuables on display in an empty car - it is an open invitation to thieves.
He had issued an open invitation on Twitter for people to join him in a bike ride in Dornoch, Sutherland.
WEST HAM have given David Beckham an open invitation to join them and are now thinking of extending the invitation to Lionel Messi.
Summary: Fabio Capello may no longer have a use for David Beckham but West Ham have sent the former England player an open invitation to join them.
Whether you're out for the day or an extended vacation, your automatic garage door opener could be an open invitation to burglars
Armstrong, 37, issued an open invitation to riders via a Twitter post which read: "Hey Glasgow, Scotland
It was an open invitation for people who cannot reach home in time for iftar," said Al Mansouri.
The group has issued an open invitation to others to join in the fun at he event which will take place at Knowle Village Hall, St John's Close, Knowle, between 10am and 4.
Schumacher, who will test at the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday and Wednesday, has an open invitation from team boss Jean Todt to return to work with Ferrari at any time.