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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I've always been advised to keep my options open so I always try to keep my options open for as long as possible," he added.
Chisholm - who has also invited an Australian left-sided midfielder for a try-out - said: 'Rami has gone back south and I will be speaking with his agent soon but I'll keep my options open.
I've always been told by my parents to lead a balanced life and keep my options open,'' Lavarnway said.
The player last night confirmed to The Birmingham Post that he had refused to sign the offer saying: 'At the moment I just want to keep my options open.
Donaghy hasn't ruled out a return to Cliftonville - where he impressed many last season and added: "I have promised Marty Tabb at Cliftonville that I will definitely give him a ring - but I want to keep my options open.
A number of clubs have expressed an interest in me but I want to keep my options open and until something happens I will go on giving 100 per cent effort
I want to keep my options open because we have two important game ahead of us.
Chisholm, who has also invited an Australian left-sided midfielder for a trial, said: 'Rami has gone back south and I will be speaking with his agent soon but I'll keep my options open.
I've got a lot of things getting ready to hit the boards in the spring, so I have to keep my options open,'' says Swayze.
White, who turned 25 on Thursday, said: "My contract at Glasgow was coming to an end and the correct path was to keep my options open.
I'm just trying to keep my options open for when things maybe settle down.
O'Neal on Sunday: "At the end of the season, I will keep my options open.