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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.
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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.
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3) Keep Options Open Choosing a temporary housing provider that has demonstrated knowledge of market availability and a solid inventory base means your client will have good choices in housing.
I have to keep options open, but we really need the public's help.
It is our responsibility to keep options open, for ourselves and for our children and for our and children.
Reasons for the delays included changes in how the project was funded and a conflict with the MTA when the city wanted to plant trees along the path, contrary to guidelines from the agency, which wanted to keep options open for future transit along the route.
If the WDA had wanted to keep options open, they would have included the rail siding in the planning application.
Picking the winners differs from conventional channel wisdom, which has been to keep options open by developing relationships with many channels.
We all must realize that if we're going to keep options open for C-17s to penetrate deep and resupply those units or for airplanes to penetrate deep to put down bombs for soldiers on the ground, the only thing we have to do that is the F/A-22 with SDBs.
A second priority is to capture enough data to keep options open for future improvements.
To avoid this unhappy situation, keep options open from the start by selecting a gateway that is flexible enough to support whatever network infrastructure is appropriate for both current and possible future networking needs.
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According to Rossetti, it's a good reminder for any job-seeker to keep options open.
Trainer Gary Moore, who has one eye on trying for a third successive win in Sandown's Bet365 Celebration Chase, said: "he's got entries at Aintree and Punchestown and we'll keep options open and see in a couple of weeks' time.