wide open

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wide open (comparative wider open or more wide open, superlative widest open or most wide open)

  1. completely open
    The front door was wide open.
  2. having no laws or law enforcement
    It was a wide open frontier town before the railroad came.
    • 2001, Monroe Dodd, Christmastime in Kansas City (page 85)
      One hundred thirty-eight sellers and buyers were jailed. Even efforts like that were to no avail in a wide-open town where rackets flourished []
  3. unsettled or unresolved
    The fate of the loan sailor is still wide open.
  4. vulnerable or unprotected
    He left himself wide open to criticism.
  5. (sports) without the presence of opponents nearby
    He was wide open and scored easily after receiving the pass.
  6. (finance) of the situation at the beginning of trading when there is a large spread between bid and ask prices