leave the field open for (one)

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leave the field open for (one)

To give one a clear or easy path to victory or success by no longer participating in a competition of some kind. The returning state champion's sudden departure from the tournament leaves the field open for last year's runner-up to claim the title. To be honest, I'd rather withdraw from consideration and leave the field open for you to get the job.
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