Definition of wide open in English:

wide open

  • 1Fully open: the door was wide open
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    • 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.
  • 2Very vulnerable, unprotected: the system is wide open to fraud
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    • 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.
  • 3(Of an issue or contest) completely unresolved: the election is wide open with six candidates in serious contention for the seats
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    • 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.
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