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.
See also: keep, open, option

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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CHRIS HOOD insists Gateshead Thunder WILL keep their options open on a new coaching structure - but expects to be in charge of team affairs until the end of the season.
ROMULUS will keep their options open to make any moves into the transfer market as they bid to push for the play-offs.
But they will keep their options open by naming him today in Flynn's party.
The board of the K-8 Castaic Union School District urged parents to drop ideas of suing the Hart district or recalling Hart board members, but it prodded them to remain vigilant and organized in their drive to keep their options open.
Boro continue to keep their options open in their search for two top strikers, and talks are planned with Mark Viduka and his agents this week.
Clients seeking to exploit these sources will prefer to keep their options open as long as possible and design in this financial context is never a top priority.
Everyone should keep their options open but this cut makes it less likely I will move.
Recreation is one of the multiple uses that allow managers to keep their options open over the very long term.
Given the fact that substantial demand for true VoD remains unproven, many cable operators will also keep their options open by not committing to a single on-demand strategy, offering customers a choice of VoD, DVR or both.
Having been foiled by outraged Valley residents in their toilet-to-tap plan several years ago, DWP officials figure they could keep their options open for the future by using the recycled water for landscaping and other nondrinking needs for Pierce College, local golf courses and other similar uses.
But Motherwell chief executive Pat Nevin last night claimed: "We offered Michel and Simo contracts six months ago but they decided they wanted to keep their options open.
From the beginning, our product development strategy has been to allow customers to keep their options open, which is why we will continue to support direct exchange feed handlers across all legacy platforms, including TIB ciServer and Triarch as well as RMDS.
House-Senate negotiators did include $40 million for the X-38 program, saying there is a need to keep their options open for the CRV.
Even without the ISS announcement, we think most nonaligned Willamette shareholders would have voted the Weyerhaeuser slate in order to keep their options open.
Kids need to keep their options open and prepare for the eventuality of going to college,'' said Boden.