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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. © 2015 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 this leaves open to the States far the greatest part of the resources of the community, there can be no color for the assertion that they would not possess means as abundant as could be desired for the supply of their own wants, independent of all external control.
Even for persons who practice contraception, engaging in premarital sex leaves open the possibility of creation of a child outside of marriage.
That "leaves open the potential for intrusion into campuses' academic affairs through the power of sampling," contends an Association of American Universities (www.aau.edu) statement.
She leaves open the door to her new Virginia apartment so after knocking, her upstairs neighbor historian and bartender Steve Serrano enters to introduce himself to his new boss.
However, in ending her film with the words "Does anyone know how to relate to anyone else?" she leaves open the question of whether the therapy was successful.
This sequel to The City of Ember leaves open the possibility of a third volume.
It also leaves open the question of the proper test to determine reasonableness of compensation.
If the trees are not too large or numerous, remove affected leaves and burn them, then spray with a rose fungicide after the leaves open next spring and again in summer.
It has a distinct, almost conical shape and, before the leaves open, is covered with numerous heads of tiny white flowers.
In one well-known cycle, trees shrink a little from water loss during the day, when air holes in the leaves open and water evaporates.
Berliner (who has a wife of his own) pushes our sympathies around the family in canny ways, and the film's redemptive ending leaves open the possibility of growth and healing in all links of the community chain.
on the basis of total value." Their proposal leaves open for negotiation the time frame non-logging rights would last, but the groups want to use standard logging rotations - from 60 to 120 years - as a starting point.
The ruling thus leaves open questions, such as whether the Service might have ruled differently if a partner did not actively participate in the LLC's business, if the LLC did not conduct a professional service business, if the LLC conducted more than one line of business, or if the preconversion partnership had been a limited partnership rather than a general partnership.
The decision leaves open the possibility that other protections enjoyed by criminal defendants, such as a heavier burden of proof on the prosecution, might also be extended to civil forfeiture cases.
The name Benedict leaves open the possibility that he will chart a moderate course." (Associated Press, April 19, 2005)