keep (one's) options open

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keep (one's) options open

To refrain from making a decision or commitment that will limit one's choices in the future. You're awfully young to be getting married. I just think you should keep your options open until you're finished with college. They've offered me a good salary if I stay with the company, but I think I'd like to keep my options open.
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keep (or leave) your options open

avoid committing yourself.
1996 Colin Bateman Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men Have it your way. We'll go to Princetown. But I'm keeping my options open. If there's any more trouble…we're out, we're home.
See also: keep, open, option

keep/leave (all) your ˈoptions open

avoid making a decision now so that you still have a choice in the future: Doing business with him is sometimes quite stressful. He likes to keep all his options open until the very last minute.
See also: keep, leave, open, option
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But reports from his Greek homeland claim he's been asked by Celtic to trim his wages by PS2,000 to a new figure of PS16,000 per week and he now wants to keep his options open.
Blackburn-born Barton, 19, wants to keep his options open, according to a statement released by the IFA.
But he wants to keep his options open until after next summer's World Cup.
TONY Mowbray hopes to complete the permanent signing of Ishmael Miller during January, but conceded the 20-year-old striker may want to keep his options open.
With his current deal at East End Park due to expire next summer McGuire is keen to keep his options open and feels a move to Craig Brewster's side is the correct one for now.
Smith won't comment on whether he has any political ambitions, but said he'll keep his options open.
The modern-day footballer has every right to keep his options open.
Brad is clearly his first choice, but if things fall through with Brad, then he's obviously got to keep his options open and look at other world-class coaches.
While COBS has expressed the most interest in IPM, Maki prefers to keep his options open by adapting IPM as a plug-and-play device to sell to individual home building and design firms.
He says he wants to keep his options open, so we have to live with that, we can't force him to sign.
Boro are also determined to convince Patrick Kluivert that a move to Teesside is not as bad as he first believed, though the Barcelona striker is likely to keep his options open until after Euro 2004.
We have made him what we believe to be a good offer for three years but unfortunately he wants to keep his options open.
He wants to keep his options open in case something more inspiring comes along.
John Hills left the Queen Anne Stakes runner-up - a 14-1 chance with the sponsors - in the Sandown feature to keep his options open in case the mile-and-a-quarter race cuts up.
But I think he just wants to wait and keep his options open until the end of the season.