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1. Completely open: a wide-open door.
2. Being without laws or law enforcement: a wide-open frontier town.
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adj (wide open when postpositive)
1. open to the full extent
2. (postpositive) exposed to attack; vulnerable
3. uncertain as to outcome
4. (Law) informal US (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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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wide-open - open wide; "left the doors wide-open"
open, unfastened - affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed; "an open door"; "they left the door open"
2.wide-open - lax in enforcing laws; "a wide-open town"
unlawful - contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law; "unlawful measures"; "unlawful money"; "unlawful hunters"
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1. outspread, spread, outstretched, splayed, fully open, fully extended, gaping He came towards her with his arms wide open in welcome.
2. unprotected, open, exposed, vulnerable, at risk, in danger, susceptible, defenceless, in peril The virus leaves the body wide open to infection.
3. uncertain, unsettled, unpredictable, up for grabs (informal), indeterminate, anybody's guess (informal) The match was still wide open at half-time.
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With thy dear name as text, though bidden by thee, I can not write-I can not speak or think-- Alas, I can not feel; for 'tis not feeling, This standing motionless upon the golden Threshold of the wide-open gate of dreams, Gazing, entranced, adown the gorgeous vista, And thrilling as I see, upon the right, Upon the left, and all the way along, Amid empurpled vapors, far away To where the prospect terminates-thee only!
She moved not, massive and shapeless like a recumbent statue in the rough; he remembered her wide-open eyes looking into the empty room.
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And why not enjoy myself?" thought Natasha, gazing at Helene with wide-open, wondering eyes.
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