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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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|Adj.||1.||wide-open - open wide; "left the doors wide-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.
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