leave (someone, something, or oneself) (wide) open to (something)

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leave (someone, something, or oneself) (wide) open to (something)

To make someone, something, or oneself vulnerable to something; to expose someone, something, or oneself vulnerable to something. These terms of service leave us wide open to lawsuits, so we need to update them right away. The judge agreed that the defendant's use of social media during the trial left him open to scrutiny by the prosecution.
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leave yourself wide open to something

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leave yourself open to something

If you leave yourself wide open to an unpleasant reaction or consequence or leave yourself open to it, you do or say something that makes it more likely to happen. Of course by claiming to be perfect, you leave yourself wide open to criticism. When you call your team the Mighty Ducks, you leave yourself wide open to ridicule. If you speak, you leave yourself open to be misquoted. Note: You can use the verb lay instead of leave. He lays himself open to criticism by being so outspoken.
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The sexy 19-year-old was brought in to replace Denise Van Outen as co-host with Johnny Vaughan (left, with Kelly), but her inexperience left her wide open to criticism.