an open invitation

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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
References in classic literature ?
Lovell Mingott's invitations to make cruelly clear their determination not to meet the Countess Olenska.
The king has caused a hundred mortal heart-burnings among the courtiers by refusing invitations.
After the question had been canvassed for several days, the directors voted unanimously to ask me to deliver one of the opening-day addresses, and in a few days after that I received the official invitation.
Why on earth have you been sending out invitations without telling me, Rosamond?
Every one of Lady Tresham's guests had accepted the hurried invitation, every one seemed in good spirits, and delighted at the opportunity of unrestrained conversation after several hours at the theatre.
For so many years had Michael not run with another dog, that at first Jerry's invitation had little meaning to him.
If there are any obstacles which you can place in her way--if there is any influence which you can exert, without exciting suspicion of your motive--prevent her, I entreat you, from accepting Miss Wyvil's invitation, until Mr.
On the next morning the whole of the invitations were sent out, excepting the invitation to Hardyman's father and mother.
Shall I promise the donkey king an invitation to Ozma's party?
Germaine's wife, and had (evidently) accepted the invitation without reserve.
Coming at last out of the surprise into which the Fairy's words had thrown him, Pinocchio asked for permission to give out the invitations.
To achieve these results, and to secure a note of invitation which could be shown to Lady Glyde, were the objects of my visit to Mr.
The invitation was most willingly accepted; and when they were seated over their wine, Mr.
The invitations to the wedding were limited to members of the families on either side, in consideration of the ill health of Miss Haldane's aunt.
Now that you have robbed me of my land, there is nothing for me to do but issue invitations to a war-dance.