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

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

To make someone, something, or oneself vulnerable to something; to expose someone, something, or oneself to something. These terms of service leave us wide open for 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 for additional scrutiny by the prosecution. I know I left myself wide open for scorn when I made my decision, but I stand by what I did.
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leave oneself wide open for something

 and leave oneself wide open to something
Fig. to invite criticism or joking about oneself; to fail to protect oneself from criticism or ridicule. Yes, that was a harsh remark, Jane, but you left yourself wide open to it. I can't complain about your joke. I left myself wide open for it.
See also: leave, open, wide
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The only gate which nature had left wide open for him had been abruptly closed, and forever.
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.
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.
Once the franchise was extended, naively and idiotically by Ed Miliband, the door was left wide open for infiltration of the Labour Party by the hard Left, who as Deputy Leader Tom Watson has pointed out, will manipulate some of the vast army of new recruits, particularly the young, who tend to be more idealistic and impressionable.
Absent such a response again, the field will be left wide open for populists and far-right groups, who will lead the world -- as they always have -- to deeper division and more frequent conflict.
The paved areas near the bridge at Castle Street were in a poor state, and on Queen Street, one of the council's large litter bins had been left wide open for all to see the mess within.
The ending is left wide open for a sequel; this is somewhat frustrating.--Lindsey Weaver.
What happens if the solder paste opening is left wide open for a QFN center pad?
Sloto Cash Casino has always been a popular destination for online gamblers, especially since its doors have always been left wide open for USA players.
A BBC spokeswoman said: "Zoe will go out with a bang," but added: "The door has been left wide open for her return."
The door is left wide open for a sequel, so if The Losers prove to be box-office winners, Clay and his team will be back, armed with even bigger guns and quips.
The door is left wide open for a sequel, so do not be surprised to see the legend of Sherwood Forest returning in the next few years.
After an OSU miss, McClellan was left wide open for a three-point make, and the Beavers followed with three straight misses and a turnover.