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 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 to additional scrutiny by the prosecution. I know I left myself wide open to scorn when I made my decision, but I stand by what I did.
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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

leave yourself wide open to something


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.
See also: leave, open, something, to, wide
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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"It was back and to and the gaffer has seen that and tried to change the shape in the second half, it left us open and played into their hands really and I think they counter attack quite a lot and got more chances than we wanted them to have.
"There were times when we were trying to get men forward, but that left us open at the back and that cannot happen.
Creating these were not only time consuming,” he says, “but left us open to data entry errors.
"I thought he might be able to come in and do something for us, but I didn't want to change our shape and go two up top, because it would have left us open in the middle.
"Their goals came from nowhere, really -- they had two breaks on us that left us open. It's disappointing but we'll keep plugging away.
"It left us open and we nearly got caught once or twice, but it gave us more of a threat up front."
In the second half, we were going for an equaliser which left us open and the second goal was a fantastic finish that killed us off.
"After Sevilla scored the first goal, we had to chase the game and that left us open and eventually we lost quite heavily.
For Liverpool to try to cut corners and produce something that did not demonstrate the city's ambition and drive would have been to waste this opportunity, and could potentially have left us open to ridicule.
"But of course that left us open to the counter-attack.
What Rosenblatt calls "prancing around in an air of vain stupidity" was never the sole province of the celebrity culture it applied equally to self-important essayists, solemn anchormen, and an uninterrupted string of state departments whose rambunctious and provocative foreign policies betrayed the non-interventionist sensibilities of the populace and left us open to the wrath of omnicidal fanatics.
Falwell echoed those sentiments, telling one reporter that America's "secular and anti-Christian environment left us open to our Lord's [decision] not to protect.
"Putting Futre on meant we were overloaded with strikers and left us open to counter attacks.
"Bournemouth had pace and threat up front, and when we were pushing for our fourth goal it left us open.