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Definition of wide open in English:

1Fully open: the door was wide open
More example sentences
  • The wallet of the eventual buyer will also have to fall wide open.
  • Above, the ancient door of massive timber in good preservation, being wide open, I walked in.
  • The way he seemed to be squinting with his eyes wide open.
2(Of an issue or a contest) completely unresolved or unpredictable.
Example sentences
  • After recent years where one or two teams have dominated the league, it is welcoming to see a genuine three horse title race, and the surprise results that have blown the contest wide open.
  • The straw poll of parliamentary party members last week showed no clear winner emerging leaving the contest wide open.
  • The contest was wide open at the break, but the Borderers made full use of the wind in the second half to eventually seal a deserved win.
Synonyms
undecided, unpredictable, uncertain, unsure, in the balance, up in the air
informal anyone's/anybody's guess
3Vulnerable, especially to attack.
Example sentences
  • Once it does, his body is left wide open for an attack.
  • Once again the national media were operating off the philosophy that if a person has been involved in controversy they are wide open for attack.
  • This left my stomach and chest wide open for attack, and he lunged forward.
Synonyms
vulnerable to, exposed to, unprotected from, undefended from, at risk of, in danger of
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