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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. © 2022 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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As patience wears thin and the team who has the bulk of possession commit more men forwards, they leave themselves open to counter-attacks and fast breaks in behind from balls over the top.
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Despite this, though, they continued to leave themselves open with players flooding forward at will.
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Vodafone needs to start spending soon, otherwise they potentially leave themselves open to a takeover bid.
It's not as if we don't have some characters in our midst who might leave themselves open to persuasion.
Lose on Sunday and they leave themselves open to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune - or Wigan going to Arsenal and winning for the second season running.
As stars of the Arab world, they are often asked their opinion on the terrible situation in their home country but by speaking their mind and staying in Syria, they leave themselves open to kidnapping, or worse .
Arsene Wenger has warned Arsenal not to leave themselves open to any "bad surprises" by dismissing the challenge of Championship strugglers Ipswich in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.
Research into the online activities of users found that thousands regularly leave themselves open to their homes being raided.
"But employers who terminate the employment of employees who are 65 on the grounds of capability may leave themselves open to claims under the Disability Discrimination Act.
So when it comes to answering workers' demands to watch the game, the Forum suggests: * Do nothing If employees choose to be absent on that day without taking a holiday they leave themselves open to some form of disciplinary warning for unauthorised absence.