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

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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, so we need to update them right away. The judge agreed that the defendant's use of social media during the trial left him open to scrutiny by the prosecution.
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leave yourself wide open to something

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leave yourself open to something

If you leave yourself wide open to an unpleasant reaction or consequence or leave yourself open to it, you do or say something that makes it more likely to happen. Of course by claiming to be perfect, you leave yourself wide open to criticism. When you call your team the Mighty Ducks, you leave yourself wide open to ridicule. If you speak, you leave yourself open to be misquoted. Note: You can use the verb lay instead of leave. He lays himself open to criticism by being so outspoken.
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There is an outside chance for Romania to finish second at the expense of Bosnia and Belarus but they will have to commit to the offensive - leaving them wide open against a team with France's counter-attacking prowess.
Not only are they preying on people on low incomes who are addicted to cigarettes, they are callously and recklessly leaving them wide open to increased health problems.
HIQA found many at-risk children had not been visited by a social worker for years - that's if they were lucky enough to even have been assigned one - potentially leaving them wide open to abuse.
Once on this website people are asked to verify their personal details including accounts codes, etc leaving them wide open to having their accounts cleaned out.
The birds are being driven out by a plant, leaving them wide open to predatory gulls.
TOP politicians - including a party leader - have no security codes on their mobile phone mailboxes leaving them wide open to hackers.