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leave open

Keep undecided or unscheduled, as in We don't know how much fabric will be needed; let's leave that open, or The doctor leaves Fridays open for consultation. This expression uses open in the sense of “undetermined,” a usage dating from the mid-1500s.
leave oneself open . Remain vulnerable to; also, remain willing to consider. For example, Her actions left her open to widespread criticism , or I left myself open to further suggestions about how to proceed also see under: lay open
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  • He then, with a camel's hair pencil dipped in olive oil, drew a pattern he wished the insects to leave open.

  • Then he, I not like leave open the doors, because plenty snakes.

  • Steele, which I leave open for you to read and take a copie of.

  • Whether or no the efforts of these good men and women will ever be crowned with success we will leave open.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • leave open to air when not in use, but protect from dust and dirt.

    Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen
  • So when the daubing time comes I'll set you your task like the rest of them and I'll criticize every crevice you leave open.

    Camp Venture George Cary Eggleston
  • He left the garden through the rear gate, the latch of which he was obliged to leave open.

    The Lamp That Went Out Augusta Groner
  • leave open for two days—if the vinegar sinks through absorption, fill up the jars.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South Martha McCulloch Williams
  • But Bonaparte did not intend either to pass by and leave open the way southward, or to be shut up in the valleys of the Tyrol.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane

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