wide-open definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- opened wide
- not enclosed, fenced-in, etc.; unobstructed; clear: wide-open spaces
- not limited or restricted: a wide-open style of football
- ☆ having no laws, or being lax in enforcing laws, prohibiting or regulating prostitution, gambling, liquor sales, etc.: a wide-open city
wide-open definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Completely open: a wide-open door.
- Being without laws or law enforcement: a wide-open frontier town.
wide-open - Phrases/Idioms
Unresolved, unsettled, as in The fate of that former colony is still wide open. [Mid-1900s]
Unprotected or vulnerable, as in That remark about immigrants left him wide open to hostile criticism. This expression originated in boxing, where it signifies being off one's guard and open to an opponent's punches. It began to be used more broadly about 1940. Also see leave open.