leave/keep one's options open

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of leave/keep one's options open

: to wait before making a final decision about something to allow for the possibility of having a different choice
  • I'll probably take the job, but I'm leaving/keeping my options open for now.

Word by Word Definitions

leave play
  1. : bequeath, devise

  2. : to have remaining after one's death

  3. : to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. : permission to do something

  2. : authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

  3. : an act of leaving : departure

  1. : leaf

keep play
  1. : to retain in one's possession or power

  2. : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

  3. : to have in control

  1. : the means or provisions by which one is kept

  2. : one that keeps or protects: such as

  3. : fortress, castle

option play options
  1. : an act of choosing

  2. : the power or right to choose : freedom of choice

  3. : a privilege of demanding fulfillment of a contract on any day within a specified time

  1. : to grant or take an option on

  2. : to acquire the exclusive right to use (an author's work) as the basis for a motion picture

open play
  1. : having no enclosing or confining barrier : accessible on all or nearly all sides

  2. : being in a position or adjustment to permit passage : not shut or locked

  3. : having a barrier (such as a door) so adjusted as to allow passage

  1. : to move (something, such as a door) from a closed position

  2. : to make available for entry or passage by turning back (something, such as a barrier) or removing (something, such as a cover or an obstruction)

  3. : to make available for or active in a regular function

  1. : opening

  2. : open and unobstructed space: such as

  3. : open air


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