leave (one's) options open

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leave (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 leave 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 leave my options open for now.
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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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Arum, though, is confident the former eight-division world champion will leave his options open and find time to train and fight for another guaranteed $20-million bonanza.
Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said: "It is always disappointing to lose a local player like Ben who has come through our academy and made his mark in the first team but we fully understand his decision to turn down the offer of a longer term contract last season to leave his options open.
Cavaretta said he was proud of the campaign he ran and will leave his options open for the future.
Tranmere Rovers 1 Carlisle United 2 ARUN of four straight defeats in all competitions prompted Carlisle boss Greg Abbott to choose not to utilise a keeper on the bench as he instead named five outfield players to leave his options open.
And instead, with Flynn's extended 23-man squad named to meet Uefa deadlines for the qualifier with Bosnia, Toshack has made the call to leave his options open until close to the date for his World Cup qualifying clash.
It resulted in Mosley demanding an apology from Di Montezemolo but more crucially announcing he would now leave his options open after earlier confirming he would not stand for re-election once his mandate ends in October.
It resulted in Mosley demanding an apology from Di Montezemolo, but more crucially announcing he would now leave his options open after earlier confirming he would not stand for re-election once his current mandate ends in October.
"He'll probably want to leave his options open with regards to other clubs so it's an ongoing thing.
"To be honest I was amazed when he told me he would prefer to leave his options open.
Boro chief executive Keith Lamb has worked hard on the deal over several weeks, and efforts were stepped up to try to complete an agreement following fears last week that the 19-year-old might decide to leave his options open until the summer.
"I haven't discussed it with Mick, and it will be his decision as Sir Robert has no retainer on him, but it makes sense for him to leave his options open."
While Mr Bradley made a clean break, Mr McCain opted to put his campaign on hold in order to leave his options open. Aides said the tactic gives him leverage against Mr Bush to adopt his reform agenda.
"He has a year left of his contract and wants to see it out then leave his options open after that.
Meanwhile, Little insisted he would leave his options open on Milosevic before today's Premiership clash against Newcastle United - but he could be on the bench.
Shevchenko insists he will reveal his future plans tomorrow while Van Nistelrooy, linked with a pounds 15m switch to Stamford Bridge, has decided to leave his options open until after the finals in Germany.