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[wahyd-oh-puh n] /ˈwaɪdˈoʊ pən/
opened to the full extent:
a wide-open window.
lacking laws or strict enforcement of laws concerning liquor, vice, gambling, etc.:
a wide-open town.
Origin of wide-open
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Wind turbines function best in wide-open spaces where they can capture airflow unobstructed by buildings or mountains.
  • In this wide-open career the plebeian suffered for his mediocrity, and the sceptic for his doubt.
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  • Before you set out, find some wide-open sky and give your silicon guide a couple of minutes to itself.
  • wide-open eyes express a mix of innocence, bewilderment and sadness.
  • Once upon a time there was a charming tale of a wee little mouse with wide-open eyes and ears as large as saucers.
  • The landscape is characteristic of wide-open vistas with steep canyon walls and few trees.
British Dictionary definitions for wide-open


adjective (wide open when postpositive)
open to the full extent
(postpositive) exposed to attack; vulnerable
uncertain as to outcome
(US, informal) (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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