- 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
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- 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