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be wide open
1. Literally, to be completely open, as of a door or window. No wonder it's drafty in here—the window is wide open!
2. To have many possible outcomes or options available. With so many outstanding teams in the playoffs this year, the field is wide open. Now that you have your degree, the future's wide open to you!
3. slang In sports, to be far away from defenders and available to easily receive a pass. Come one, pass it to me, I'm wide open! Didn't you see that your receiver was wide open?
4. slang To be overrun with crime. Our city used to be wide open, until the new police commissioner and started getting criminals off the streets.
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be wide open
If a contest or competition is wide open, it is very difficult to say who will win because the competitors are all equally good. Both polls indicate that the election race is still wide open. The competition has been thrown wide open by the absence of the world champion.
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be wide ˈopen(of a competition, an election, etc.) with no obvious winner: The presidential election is wide open. OPPOSITE: a one-horse race
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