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wide-open

[wahyd-oh-puh n]
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adjective
  1. opened to the full extent: a wide-open window.
  2. lacking laws or strict enforcement of laws concerning liquor, vice, gambling, etc.: a wide-open town.
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Origin of wide-open

First recorded in 1850–55
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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.

  • 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

wide-open

adjective (wide open when postpositive)
  1. open to the full extent
  2. (postpositive) exposed to attack; vulnerable
  3. uncertain as to outcome
  4. 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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