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leave (someone, something, or oneself) (wide) open to (something)

To make someone, something, or oneself vulnerable to something; to expose someone, something, or oneself to something undesirable or potentially harmful. These terms of service leave us wide open to lawsuits under the new EU regulation, so we'll need to update them right away. The judge agreed that the defendant's use of social media during the trial left him open to additional scrutiny by the prosecution. I know I left myself wide open to scorn when I made my decision, but I stand by what I did.
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leave open

1. To intentionally keep a timeframe free or unscheduled. A noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "open." I'm leaving Friday night open in case Paulina wants to get dinner. I left open your birthday in case you wanted to do something special that day.
2. To cause one or oneself to be vulnerable or exposed. A noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "open." Sir, that position will leave us open to attack from the north. Don't tell Mom too much about your new boyfriend, unless you want to leave yourself open to a lot of personal questions.
3. To be inclined to hear or ponder something. A reflexive pronoun is used between "leave" and "open." These people are just trying to help you, so please leave yourself open to what they have to say.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave something open

to leave a date or time unscheduled. I left something open on Friday, just in case we want to leave work early. Please leave an appointment open for Mrs. Wallace next week. She will be calling in to our office for an appointment.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

leave open

1. Keep undecided or unscheduled, as in We don't know how much fabric will be needed; let's leave that open, or The doctor leaves Fridays open for consultation. This expression uses open in the sense of "undetermined," a usage dating from the mid-1500s.
2. leave oneself open. Remain vulnerable to; also, remain willing to consider. For example, Her actions left her open to widespread criticism, or I left myself open to further suggestions about how to proceed. Also see under lay open.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"Sometimes I'm too trusting, I could get mugged off and leave myself open."
"When I was at Oxford, you're getting the comments and the family hear it and you think to yourself 'I don't want to leave myself open to all that'.
"I will not leave myself open. I won't randomly go somewhere and call upon or ask spirits around to speak with me.
Of course, by saying that I leave myself open to the charge of being a conspirator myself.
I SUPPOSE I leave myself open to accusations of jealousy when I say that quite frankly I am fed up with listening to the expensively educated political elite and their academic spiel that makes them sound like they know what they are talking about when it comes to our remaining a member of the EU.
"The fact I do go and race as soon as I'm not lying in bed any more, I leave myself open. But that's what gets me better."
Munoz doesn't hold back so I have to stay switched on and leave myself open."
I'm not stupid enough to leave myself open because I need to play regular football at the highest level I can.
As far as conception is concerned, I always try to leave myself open. It's a two-way street and it's a collaborative art.
"It doesn't mean I'm going to go and play attacking and flowing football and leave myself open to lose by a few goals.
"Okay, we got no points and I leave myself open to criticism for not winning football matches but I want to see my team play like they did in the second half.
'I suppose I leave myself open to that accusation,' he said.
"I was a bit worried I would become stale after last season and leave myself open to criticism.
``If I fail in this duty I leave myself open t o legal proceedings, which naturally I wish to avoid.
I have never been a jockey, so whenever I express an opinion on matters relating to riding I leave myself open to condemnation from those knights of the pigskin, but I have always been more than a little sceptical about riders' ability to judge going differentials accurately from on top of a horse.