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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.
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.
See also: open

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.
See also: open
References in classic literature ?
Why, your every word and act was an open invitation to him, and he had not the sense to see it."
"An open invitation is extended to the public to visit our exhibition.
A statement from the Prime Minister's office said that the refugees had returned after the Government issued an open invitation for the refugees to come back.
'I extended an open invitation to Mr Khan and he expressed his wishes to visit Kabul soon,' he added.
Cardiff City plan to hold a promotion celebration bus parade on Sunday - and have issued an open invitation to the public to come and cheer the team.
TEESSIDE Radio Car Club is putting out an open invitation for newcomers to come and enjoy radio controlled model car racing.
Shona has extended an open invitation to locals who want to find out more about where milk comes from and experience what is involved in caring for cows and producing milk on a daily basis.
Birmingham Friends of the Earth are extending an open invitation to the beach-themed bash in the newly opened Digbeth Community Garden, behind their Warehouse building in Allison Street.
Seachtain na Gaeilge manager Brenda Ni Ghairbh said: "It's very important that festival events appeal to as wide a range of people's interests as possible and we're sending an open invitation to everyone to take part and seize the opportunity to use and celebrate Irish."
However, the writer of the stage comedy said that the couple has an open invitation and they would be surprised by the story.
The choir has now issued an open invitation for those who enjoy singing to join them at an open rehearsal this coming Thursday.
The entrance to this site is fitted with a strong pair of steel gates, that for the last few years have been left open 24/7, giving an open invitation to people who are experts at getting a few days' free accommodation.
Organisers had issued an open invitation but were caught out by the event's unexpected popularity.