leave (someone, something, or oneself) (wide) open for (something)

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leave (someone, something, or oneself) (wide) open for (something)

To make someone, something, or oneself vulnerable to something; to expose someone, something, or oneself to something. These terms of service leave us wide open for 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 for additional scrutiny by the prosecution. I know I left myself wide open for scorn when I made my decision, but I stand by what I did.
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leave oneself wide open for something

 and leave oneself wide open to something
Fig. to invite criticism or joking about oneself; to fail to protect oneself from criticism or ridicule. Yes, that was a harsh remark, Jane, but you left yourself wide open to it. I can't complain about your joke. I left myself wide open for it.
See also: leave, open, wide
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"It leaves us open for counter-attacks so we've been working at how to get the unit back quicker.
"When needs don't get met the first time around, and we haven't addressed the issue in ourselves, this leaves us open for a second round."