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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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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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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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Nevertheless, buying back 250 calls, while leaving open the bulk of the Jan 220 and 225 calls, as well as the short Jan 195 and 200 puts, expresses confidence in shares for the remainder of 2018 despite its lackluster performance so far - shares down 6.6% YTD.
It would seem that the two stowaways were at fault for the sinking by leaving open the porthole covers (deadlights) near the stormy waterline.
Ghoulish visitors to the site where the killer spent his final days before shooting himself are interfering with flood defences by repeatedly leaving open a culvert flap.
Lance Armstrong is leaving open the possibility of riding again at the Tour de France.
That report didn't include men raised with non-biological older brothers, leaving open the possibility that some psychological reaction to older brothers fostered homosexuality.
Consequently, the government and the Presbyterian and United churches decided to require only a partial release, leaving open the question of future litigation over loss of language and culture.
Tearing down part of the structure allows us to demonstrate progress while leaving open options for the future: either totally demolishing the building or salvaging what can be saved."
Sunblinds on the outside unroll to protect all but the clerestorey from direct exposure, while the inner blind can cover the main window panels leaving open the one at bed level, preserving a slot of view.
The conflict between Protas (who controls the rights to Graham's dances) and the Martha Graham Center is still not resolved, leaving open the question about the center's rights to teach and perform those ballets.
These machines have a hydromechanical clamp with short tiebars that retract with the moving platen, leaving open access to the mold area.
Staff is still required to bend and reach to grasp the handles, which are set at the resident's hip level, thus leaving open the possibility for improper lifting technique and back strain.
However, scientists have never linked the deaths directly to the drug, leaving open the possibility that the physical stress of amorous activity could be the problem.
But these case reports, one dating as far back as 1882, don't isolate the agent responsible, leaving open the questions of whether the curlicued bacteria that cause Lyme disease (smaller scanning electron micrograph, below) existed back then and whether they were carried by the same host that carries them today, the European wood tick (larger micrograph).
Scientists have long known that HIV and other retroviruses randomly stick their genetic material into the host cell's DNA, leaving open the possibility that the insertion could cause genes nearby to go awry, Indeed, McGrath and several other research groups had searched for evidence that HIV can cause cancer this way for about a decade, with no luck until now, he says.
Woodburne, a paleontologist at the University of California, Riverside, comments that while the new-found tooth resembles those from placental mammals, "I would not say that a placental affinity has been proven." He cautions that researchers know very little about the marsupials from this time period, leaving open the possibility that the tooth belonged to an unusual maruspial.