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. © 2015 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

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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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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Therefore, all the Old Bailey doors were well guarded--except, indeed, the social doors by which the criminals got there, and those were always left wide open.
The only gate which nature had left wide open for him had been abruptly closed, and forever.
Dethridge; and come back with her yourself." Then he went into the room; the lad, by his own directions, following him in; and the door being left wide open.
With the door for discussion left wide open, the audience is eager to listen and ready to learn.
With the door left wide open for the US to steal the game, Khris Middleton came through to lift the Americans after sinking a pair of free throws with 2.1 ticks left.
Ms Raymond found a window broken and the fire door left wide open. She said lockers used by the trainees were broken after being forced open.
Che Zakaria Othman said the searchers now number 159, up from the 119 yesterday when her family filed a missing persons report after finding the special needs girl missing from her bedroom at The Dusun and the window left wide open.
The report says people's dignity was not being respected as several other doors to bedrooms were left wide open and concludes the home is "not always caring".
In security terms, it's the equivalent of leaving the house with all the windows and doors left wide open. Thanks to research by Cofense, the cyber security vulnerabilities of email were laid bare when it was revealed that 91 per cent of cyber attacks began with a phishing email.
"Doors and windows left wide open, internal gates not secured, fencing broken and not repaired for weeks.
Things were left wide open at the end of series 4 for more episodes as Line of Duty's network of "bent coppers" proved to be much larger than first anticipated, meaning the AC-12 had only scratched the surface on the level of police corruption they'd been monitoring.
It means that the door could be left wide open for other clubs to pounce for the striker's signature at the end of the season when he returns to West Bromwich Albion and his escape clauses become active once again.
Left wide open, Koulogeorgas pondered momentarily and then sank the 3 that put the Blazers back in front 34-33.
Shock has been expressed after yellow bins, which are supposed to allow drug users to safely dispose of needles, were left wide open in the public loos on Garth Road in Bangor.