with (one's) arms wide open

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of with (one's) arms wide open

:with (one's) arms held away from the body (as in order to embrace someone)
  • She ran toward me with her arms wide open.

Word by Word Definitions

arm play arms
  1. : a human upper limb

  2. : something like or corresponding to an arm: such as

  3. : the forelimb of a vertebrate

  1. : to furnish or equip with weapons

  2. : to furnish with something that strengthens or protects

  3. : to equip or ready for action or operation

  1. : a means (such as a weapon) of offense or defense

  2. : a combat branch (as of an army)

  3. : an organized branch of national defense (such as the navy)

wide play
  1. : having great extent : vast

  2. : extending over a vast area : extensive

  3. : extending throughout a specified area or scope

  1. : over a great distance or extent : widely

  2. : over a specified distance, area, or extent

  3. : so as to leave much space or distance between

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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