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[wahyd-oh-puh n] /ˈwaɪdˈoʊ pən/
opened to the full extent:
a wide-open window.
lacking laws or strict enforcement of laws concerning liquor, vice, gambling, etc.:
a wide-open town.
Origin of wide-open
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His father lay on the bed with staring, wide-open eyes,—he was dead.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • They looked at her with wide-open eyes and then went back to the old word.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • "Why, of course I am," she exclaimed, with wide-open surprise.

  • They were of the wide-open kind, and looked at one frankly in every mood.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • His face was pale, and there was a startled, wide-open look in his eyes that Westray did not like.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
British Dictionary definitions for wide-open


adjective (wide open when postpositive)
open to the full extent
(postpositive) exposed to attack; vulnerable
uncertain as to outcome
(US, informal) (of a town or city) lax in the enforcement of certain laws, esp those relating to the sale and consumption of alcohol, gambling, the control of vice, etc
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