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1. Completely open: a wide-open door.
2. Being without laws or law enforcement: a wide-open frontier town.


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


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.
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"


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.
References in classic literature ?
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.
But when it was undressed and he caught a glimpse of wee, wee, little hands, little feet, saffron-colored, with little toes, too, and positively with a little big toe different from the rest, and when he saw Lizaveta Petrovna closing the wide-open little hands, as though they were soft springs, and putting them into linen garments, such pity for the little creature came upon him, and such terror that she would hurt it, that he held her hand back.
thought Natasha, gazing at Helene with wide-open, wondering eyes.
Wide-Open World is an adventure made up of countless small moments of human connection.
Some owners we surveyed made the switch from oiled Brackett foam filters to the dry Donaldson filter because of perceived performance loss (including increased takeoff ground roll) and reported slight increases in manifold pressure, takeoff power and climb rates while at wide-open throttle.
Rhys Flint takes the ride and he presents each-way value in a wide-open affair.
Added forward Chase Budinger: "We gave them wide-open looks, we didn't get back in transition a couple times, which led to wide-open threes, and there was miscommunication as well.
The Wide-Open door design is amazing both in its simplicity and in how far it advances the basic utility of an extended cab truck," says Larry Dominque, chief product specialist, Nissan Titan.
Looking for a wide-open offense that combines the wide-open passing game of the present with the powerful and deceptive running game of the past?
Despite the rapid growth of Portland, located just 20 minutes away, Orenco is still surrounded by wide-open pastures, rickety barbed wire fences, and a nine-hole golf course built in 1953, "Orenco seemed like the kind of place where we wouldn't be bothered," says Cathy Beck, who poured her savings into a new two-story home.
It is because, time and again, we have seen wide-open discussions of essentially personal issues degenerate into rambling confusion, senseless bickering, needless slander, or even traumatic violence.