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 vulnerable to something. 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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They told us they were going to leave us open but they have blocked us all in all of a sudden with no possibility trade is allowed.
We can't place developments in large parts of the city centre on hold as it would send out completely the wrong message to investors, cost jobs and leave us open to expensive legal challenges by developers.
At the same time, we can't afford to throw everything at them which could leave us open at the back.
It would risk investment in new green technologies and the jobs that accompany them, and would leave us open to the Tory agenda which has been so damaging to our environment.
Using simple, easily guessable passwords, or passwords that we use for multiple accounts can leave us open to compromise, exposing both client data and our own personal information.
Could this country's love affair with populism leave us open to what has been called a "benevolent dictator," such as Walter Huston's seemingly wonderful benign fascist in "Gabriel Over the White House" (1933), or Tun Robbins' country-singing cover for his neo-Nazi "Bob Roberts" (1992).
Eventually, however, stress may weaken our immune system and leave us open to a cold or flu.
That may leave us open to criticism by footballing authorities but that is the approach we shall follow.
But I also believed that an island nation decimating an essential energy resource would leave us open to dangerous and expensive energy exploitation.
We are going to have to be patient because we don't want to go up there and commit men forward and leave us open to counter attack because we know they have got quality in their team.
They connect us to our depths and leave us open to our heights (p.
As well as tucking into their full English we made several trips to the continental buffet, which we realised would leave us open to accusations of sheer gluttony.
Clr Khan explained: "With the Government only telling us four weeks ago that they were not abolishing Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) until Spring, we are in a situation now that could leave us open to legal challenge unless we accept the legal advice we have and delay final sign off of the strategy.
To accuse today's BHA of being responsible for it serves no purpose other than to damage our sport and leave us open to continuing exploitation by the betting industry.
I think we also need to display a type of collective defiance and not overreact--no painted-on targets for us and nothing that will not leave us open to attack by a laser guided smart-bomb--as in the Serbs' case when they put on target t-shirts and flocked to the bridges to present themselves as human shields.