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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When residents leave alleygates open for bins to be emptied, they leave them open to burglars too.
A Royal College of Nursing survey found that nurses feared any new law would leave them open to revenge attacks.
This may then leave them open to an unfair dismissal claim.
However, some OEMs have expressed concern that fitting the module to some, but not all, of their vehicles would leave them open to lawsuits.
Sixteen percent feared that providing IUDs would leave them open to lawsuits, and 29% believed that a copper IUD increases the long-term risk of PID.