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

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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, so we need to update them right away. The judge agreed that the defendant's use of social media during the trial left him open to scrutiny by the prosecution.
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leave yourself wide open to something

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leave yourself open to something

If you leave yourself wide open to an unpleasant reaction or consequence or leave yourself open to it, you do or say something that makes it more likely to happen. Of course by claiming to be perfect, you leave yourself wide open to criticism. When you call your team the Mighty Ducks, you leave yourself wide open to ridicule. If you speak, you leave yourself open to be misquoted. Note: You can use the verb lay instead of leave. He lays himself open to criticism by being so outspoken.
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Grosso's reaction to this event may well speak to religious wonder, but it is also an example of how belief not only can leave one open to certain possibilities, but potentially close one off to otherwise obvious normal explanations.
Cahill accepts that a single goal lead is always a nightmare because it can leave one open to a sucker punch, which was delivered by West Brom's Victor Anichebe's equaliser coming just four minutes from time.
I know it is wrong to sentimentalise dogs, and that a canine love affair will always leave one open to ridicule.
To wear such clothes can leave one open to public ridicule.''
However, it did rather leave one open to sampling exotic and unknown delicacies as your hosts tried as hard as possible to impress.
This submission can leave one open to the charge of being hostile to humanity.
The general consensus is that any break in the body's skin can leave one open to infection.