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1. as fast as possible; at full throttle. I was driving along wide open when I became aware of a flashing red light. It was wide open and still wouldn't do better than eighty. 2. [of a town or place] full of crime or corruption; vice-ridden. This town is wide open! Because the prison is understaffed, it is wide open.
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wide open

not yet decided She's still in high school so her future is wide open. With only four points separating the top six teams, the championship is still wide open.
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wide open

1. Unresolved, unsettled, as in The fate of that former colony is still wide open. [Mid-1900s]
2. Unprotected or vulnerable, as in That remark about immigrants left him wide open to hostile criticism. This expression originated in boxing, where it signifies being off one's guard and open to an opponent's punches. It began to be used more broadly about 1940. Also see leave open.
See also: open, wide

wide open

1. mod. as fast as possible; at full throttle. I was driving along wide open when I became aware of a flashing red light.
2. mod. vice-ridden. This town is wide open!
See also: open, wide
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Raleigh Wide Open has been one of the most exciting events in Raleigh for the past four years," said John Idler, president and general manager of ABC11 Eyewitness News.
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This election is clearly wide open, and telling readers that the results are predetermined is the only guaranteed way of driving down turnout, something none of us would want.
It's a nice, wide open area that looks like a great place for getting stuff out of the way.
He said: "Scotland shouldn't go wide open because that will be right up Italy's street.
Maritime counterterrorism efforts are too focused on port security and cargo containers, leaving cruise ships and ferries wide open to the possibility of deadly and costly terrorist attacks, according to a book-length study of the issue by Rand Corp.
In days of old, there were wide open spaces where shoppers mingled and entertainers soothed our shopping stress with songs of the season.
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Straight up in bed I sat / Eyes wide open peering, listening / Listening for something nearing.
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It is also eroding the leadership's monopoly on information, and is complicating the traditional policy of "nei jin wai song"--cracking down at home while pretending to foreigners to be wide open.
This hospitality also extends to the city's architecture, which welcomes crowds with wide open spaces that hold and embrace the thousands who go out each day to shop and stroll and visit.