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

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 ?
The receiving of this invitation brought to me a sense of responsibility that it would be hard for any one not placed in my position to appreciate.
When the invitation came to me, there was not one word of intimation as to what I should say or as to what I should omit.
The invitation had come at a time when I was very busy with my school work, as it was the beginning of our school year.
The invitations are for Wednesday, and this is only Sunday morning.
Yet no invitation of Jerry's could induce Michael to join in the fun.
He protested that, except Lady Catherine and her daughter, he had never seen a more elegant woman; for she had not only received him with the utmost civility, but even pointedly included him in her invitation for the next evening, although utterly unknown to her before.
If the invitations had been accepted she would have gone to invite her mamma and the rest, whom she had seen nothing of for several days; and she now put on her bonnet to go and inquire what had become of them all, suddenly feeling as if there were a conspiracy to leave her in isolation with a husband disposed to offend everybody.
Hardyman's invitations were in some cases refused; and in others accepted by husbands with excuses for the absence of their wives.
Rebecca said that half past five was their supper hour, and then accepted an invitation to drive home with Mrs.
It was the arrival of this very invitation while the Westons were at Hartfield, which made their presence so acceptable; for though her first remark, on reading it, was that "of course it must be declined," she so very soon proceeded to ask them what they advised her to do, that their advice for her going was most prompt and successful.
The Lovell Mingotts had sent out cards for what was known as "a formal dinner" (that is, three extra footmen, two dishes for each course, and a Roman punch in the middle), and had headed their invitations with the words "To meet the Countess Olenska," in accordance with the hospitable American fashion, which treats strangers as if they were royalties, or at least as their ambassadors.
Lovell Mingott's invitations to make cruelly clear their determination not to meet the Countess Olenska.
Shall I promise the donkey king an invitation to Ozma's party?
King Kik-a-bray says you must not forget his invitation," said the brown donkey, as they passed through the opening in the wall.
It showed a pink invitation with an intricate floral design and a calligraphy of Duterte's name on the front.