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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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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.
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.
His highly paid team of spinmeisters should have recognized months ago that leaving open the question about whether his reform plan would trash death and disability benefits for police and firefighters was a fatal flaw.
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.
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.
On July 3 Justice Kennedy issued a temporary stay and late on Friday issued an order extending the stay - leaving open the possibility that the high court ultimately could take the case.
Glaus update: Third baseman Troy Glaus, bothered by tendinitis in his right wrist, swung a bat and hit soft toss in the batting cage Friday afternoon, leaving open the possibility he could start opening day.
Therefore, a potential sale may necessitate that only a more specialized mall owner would be able to come in and purchase at least that portion of Mills' properties, leaving open the possibility that the portfolio could be split up between traditional mall operators and outlets.
Chief Administrative Officer Lin Koester will retire nearly four months before his contract extension expires, leaving open the possibility that Ventura County will have no top executive.
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).
The September 100 put (VLO UT) traded 15,023 contracts, leaving open interest on the contract at the end of the day at 7,766.
Davis said the newfound tapes were made at fund-raising events attended by the president outside the White House, while leaving open the possibility more tapes of White House events would turn up.
physicians do use it to treat several metabolic disorders, leaving open the possibility of prescribing the drug for some patients with AIDS.