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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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WHAT THE BOSS SAID Monk: "We created enough chances to be in a really comfortable position and any level, especially in this league, if you don't take your chances you leave yourself open to that fightback.
"You leave yourself open when in the first half you should have been in a much more comfortable position.
I understand Stirling Council's approach to this but have to caution them that when you ignore tenants views in this way, you leave yourself open to non-participation as tenants may yet say "why bother to ask us our views, when you'll just do as you wish anyway", and then you are in breach of the rules.
However, on-loan midfielder Ryan Manning netted his third and fourth penalties of the season to turn the game on its head, Potter said: "Whenever it's 1-0 you leave yourself open to anything.
He added: "Whatever you decide to do you leave yourself open to criticism - but that goes with the job."
"So whatever you decide to do, you leave yourself open to criticism - but that goes with the job.
"But if you don't get the third, fourth, goal, which we could have, you leave yourself open to disappointment."
I think as long as you don't have any expectations when you tell him - ie, that he'll come running back into your arms, offering to support you and the baby - then you won't leave yourself open to being hurt.
"In football, if you don't get the second goal you always leave yourself open to conceding one, and that's what happened.
'If you are not installing those updates, then you leave yourself open and vulnerable to attackers,' she said.
That's when you will be forced to pay a premium and you leave yourself open to being gazumped.
If your heart is in the right place, but you shrug off rules, you leave yourself open to external attack (from customers, competitors and regulators).