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an open invitation
1. An invitation to do something at any time or whenever someone is inclined. Just because I let your insufferable friend Paul to come over that one time doesn't mean he has an open invitation. Sure, you always have an open invitation—you're welcome over my house any time! We have an open invitation to play at my friend's coffeehouse, so just let me know what your schedule looks like.
2. Something that provides an ostensible reason or excuse for someone to do something immoral or illegal. A lot of people fear that legalizing marijuana will create an open invitation for people to try, buy, or sell any drug they can think of. If this high-powered CEO isn't punished for his crimes, it'll be an open invitation for others to try to pull off this kind of fraud. Mom, you can't let her go to school dressed like such a nerd, it'll be an open invitation for bullies!
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an ˌopen inviˈtation (to somebody)
1 an invitation to somebody to visit you at any time
2 if something is an open invitation to criminals, etc., it encourages them to commit a crime by making it easier: Leaving your camera on the seat in the car is an open invitation to thieves.
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