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open British & World English

Allowing access, passage, or a view through an empty space; not closed or blocked

make a book British & World English

Take bets and pay out winnings on the outcome of a race or other contest or event

crack a bottle British & World English

Open a bottle, especially of wine, and drink from it

keep an eye out British & World English

Look out for something with particular attention

Open in open British & World English

With no restrictions on those allowed to participate

the open in open British & World English

Outdoors or in the countryside

open up British & World English

Begin shooting

open go British & World English

A fair chance

open fire British & World English

Begin to shoot

open air British & World English

A free or unenclosed space outdoors

open bar British & World English

A bar at a special function at which the drinks have been paid for by the host or are prepaid through the admission fee

open bite British & World English

Lack of occlusion of the front teeth when the jaw is closed normally

open book British & World English

A person or thing that is easily understood or interpreted

open city British & World English

A city declared to be unfortified and undefended and so, by international law, exempt from enemy attack

open date British & World English

A future available date for which no sports fixture has yet been arranged

open day British & World English

A day when members of the public may visit a place or institution to which they do not usually have access

open door British & World English

An unrestricted means of admission or access

open-eyed British & World English

With the eyes open or wide open

open ice British & World English

Ice-covered water through which navigation is possible

open-jaw British & World English

Denoting or relating to a trip in which an airline passenger flies in to one destination and returns from another

open line British & World English

A telephone line on which conversations can be overheard or intercepted by others

open mike British & World English

A session in a club where anyone is welcome to sing or perform stand-up comedy

open-pit British & World English

North American term for opencast.

open-plan British & World English

(Of a room or building) having large rooms with few or no internal dividing walls

open-reel British & World English

(Of a tape recorder) having reels of tape requiring individual threading, as distinct from a cassette

open road British & World English

A main road, especially one outside an urban area where progress is unimpeded

open sea British & World English

An expanse of sea away from land

open shop British & World English

A system whereby employees in a place of work do not have to join a trade union

open side British & World English

The side of the scrum on which the main line of the opponents' backs is ranged

open-toed British & World English

(Of a shoe) having an upper that does not cover the toes

open-top British & World English

(Of a vehicle) not having a roof or having a folding or detachable roof

open access British & World English

Availability to all

open carry British & World English

The practice of openly carrying a firearm on one’s person in public

open chain British & World English

A molecular structure consisting of a chain of atoms with no closed rings

open-ended British & World English

Having no predetermined limit or boundary

open-faced British & World English

Having a frank or ingenuous expression

open-handed British & World English

(Of a blow) delivered with the palm of the hand

open-hearth British & World English

Denoting a steelmaking process in which the charge is laid on a hearth in a shallow furnace and heated by burning gas

open house British & World English

A place or situation in which all visitors are welcome

open letter British & World English

A letter addressed to a particular person or group of people but intended for publication in a newspaper or journal

open market British & World English

An unrestricted market with free access by and competition of buyers and sellers

open-minded British & World English

Willing to consider new ideas; unprejudiced

open-necked British & World English

(Of a shirt) worn with the collar unbuttoned and without a tie

open outcry British & World English

A system of financial trading in which dealers shout their bids and contracts aloud

open prison British & World English

A prison with the minimum of restrictions on prisoners' movements and activities

open range British & World English

A tract of land without fences or other barriers


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