leave open

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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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 initial contracts leave open the possibility that different versions of the craft could be developed for the separate roles of emergency lifeboat and regular space transportation.
It would leave open that the SSRA could dictate (provision of) aid.
Such findings leave open the possibility that these bats sire and suckle their own offspring, Francis says.
The motion requests that, at a minimum, the PUC should sever the petition into three separate dockets and leave open the possibility that the three proceedings will follow separate legal tracks.
White of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry, the dose-related findings leave open the posibility that even low doses could carry some risk over longer periods of time.
PG&E), ACWA called on the CPUC to leave open the possibility of increasing water storage capacity at existing facilities owned by PG&E.
Commissioners said they wanted to leave open the possibility that future residents create their own city or remain under county jurisdiction.
Active Navigation's products solve the problem of managing unstructured information with fast, automated tools that integrate transparently into existing enterprise workflow and Web site user interfaces, and, most importantly, leave open the option for editorial intervention -- a black box approach has proved to be unpopular with many companies.
But he said he would soon form a government that would include ``all elements of society,'' and he seemed to leave open the possibility that Hutu guerrilla groups could join if they laid down their arms.
But today's FCC decision continues to leave open access to the discretion of the cable industry," said Greg Simon, co-director of the openNET Coalition.
That should leave open Monica Flores, a 5-6 senior guard, averaging 8.
She said that "the Fed will leave open the possibility of an additional rise in August if conditions warrant it.