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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Mr Blair told Murnaghan on Sky News: "One of the reasons why we should keep our options open is that yes, the referendum expressed the will of the people, but the will of the people is entitled to change.
He told Sky News: "One of the reasons why we should keep our options open is that, yes, the referendum expressed the will of the people, but the will of the people is entitled to change.
Having got this far, it makes sense to keep our options open.
But, at this time of year, we have to keep our options open like everyone else," said manager Richard Evans.
We want to keep our options open, whether we want them to be separate annexations or we want them to be one annexation.
Challenged by Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, Mr Blair insisted: 'We should keep our options open .
The United States is very clear that we are going to keep our options open.
I'm not saying we are going to make a recess appointment," Socarides said, "but we certainly want to keep our options open.
Further, we plan for Teknovus and other semiconductor vendors to supply interoperable NGEPON chipsets to keep costs down and keep our options open.
As that becomes clear, if it's clear that these terms are bad for us, if we have major parts of business and the financial sector saying look this is not a good deal for us, if people start to worry about their jobs, we should just keep our options open.
But a club statement said: "We have registered an interest in the Olympic Stadium site in order to keep our options open.
Plus, the Orion 4000's flexible architecture lets us keep our options open with regard to changing and enhancing our network in the future.
As you saw on the last two nights, the situation is so unpredictable that we want, like the president himself, to keep our options open and to be flexible.
Team chairman Cllr John McNicholas (Lab, Lower Stoke) called for further reports and said: ''We need to keep our options open.
Plus, the Orion 4000's flexibility lets us keep our options open with regard to higher backbone speeds in the future.