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take an action that will complicate things; do something with a negative impact

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drinking out of a can or a bottle without touching it with the lips, by pouring the content from distance
bar or counter where drinks are served without limitation after paying a fixed fee
refers to a product or service whose design, blueprint or code is free to use and modify
Examples of open source projects: Linux, Mozzila Firefox (softwares); DIY open drones (drone design), arduino (electronics)
innovation paradigm that assumes firms should use external ideas and/or external paths to market in their innovation process
[Tech.];[Bus.] word coined by Henry Chesbrough, who opposes this paradigm to the closed innovation one, where all the innovation process happens within the borders of the firm.
Massive open online course
[Internet] Abbreviation
Very quickly; almost instantaneously
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
1. conical-shaped iron basket brazier, holding a fire to be burned as a beacon 2. open lamp or firepan carried on a pole, once used as portable illumination
remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
To position ones self, or an object like your rusty old car, in a place that is not only open and clearly visible to all, it is unavoidably in just about everyone's way.
[Slang] "You can't miss him, he's over there, parked in his POS Volvo, smack dab in the middle of the road!" source : Urban Dictionary
set of words and word groups together with their definition, translation, grammar category or usage examples, and which can be searched through an index or a search engine
a single place where you can find everything you need, usually found in different places
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
law of evolution, only the fittest survive, the ones that can adapt
the show is over, you can go home, the main purpose of your presence is gone
was used in Elvis concerts to prevent people from waiting an encore
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
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1    not closed or barred  
the door is open     
2    affording free passage, access, view, etc.; not blocked or obstructed  
the road is open for traffic     
3    not sealed, fastened, or wrapped  
an open package     
4    having the interior part accessible  
an open drawer     
5    extended, expanded, or unfolded  
an open newspaper, an open flower     
6    ready for business  
the shops are open     
7    able to be obtained; available  
the position advertised last week is no longer open     
8    unobstructed by buildings, trees, etc.  
open countryside     
9    free to all to join, enter, use, visit, etc.  
an open competition     
10    unengaged or unoccupied  
the doctor has an hour open for you to call     
11       See       open season  
12    not decided or finalized  
an open question     
13    ready to entertain new ideas; not biased or prejudiced  
an open mind     
14    unreserved or candid  
she was very open in her description     
15    liberal or generous  
an open hand     
16    extended or eager to receive (esp. in the phrase with open arms)  
17    exposed to view; blatant  
open disregard of the law     
18    liable or susceptible  
you will leave yourself open to attack if you speak     
19    (of climate or seasons) free from frost; mild  
20    free from navigational hazards, such as ice, sunken ships, etc.  
open water     
21      (U.S.)   without legal restrictions or enforceable regulations, esp. in relation to gambling, vice, etc.  
an open town     
22    without barriers to prevent absconding  
an open prison     
23    having large or numerous spacing or apertures  
open ranks     
24    full of small openings or gaps; porous  
an open texture     
25      (Printing)   (of type matter) generously leaded or widely spaced  
26      (Music)  
a    (of a violin or guitar string) not stopped with the finger  
b    (of a pipe, such as an organ pipe) not closed at either end  
c    (of a note) played on such a string or pipe  
27      (Commerce)  
a    in operation; active  
an open account     
b    unrestricted; unlimited  
open credit, open insurance cover     
28       See       open cheque  
29    (of a return ticket) not specifying a date for travel  
30      (Sport)  
a    (of a goal, court, etc.) unguarded or relatively unprotected  
the forward missed an open goal     
b    (of a stance, esp. in golf) characterized by the front of the body being turned forward  
31    (of a wound) exposed to the air  
32    (esp. of the large intestine) free from obstruction  
33    undefended and of no military significance  
an open city     
34      (Phonetics)  
a    denoting a vowel pronounced with the lips relatively wide apart  
b    denoting a syllable that does not end in a consonant, as in pa  
35      (Chess)   (of a file) having no pawns on it  
36      (Maths)   (of a set) containing points whose neighbourhood consists of other points of the same set  
points inside a circle are an open set     
37      (Computing)   (of software or a computer system) designed to an internationally agreed standard in order to allow communication between computers, irrespective of size, maufacturer, etc.  
38    to move or cause to move from a closed or fastened position  
to open a window     
39    when intr, foll by: on or onto   to render, be, or become accessible or unobstructed  
to open a road, to open a parcel, the door opens into the hall     
40    intr   to come into or appear in view  
the lake opened before us     
41    tr   to puncture (a boil) so as to permit drainage  
42    to extend or unfold or cause to extend or unfold  
to open a newspaper     
43    to disclose or uncover or be disclosed or uncovered  
to open one's heart     
44    to cause (the mind) to become receptive or (of the mind) to become receptive  
45    to operate or cause to operate  
to open a shop     
46    when intr, sometimes foll by: out   to make or become less compact or dense in structure  
to open ranks     
47    to set or be set in action; start  
to open a discussion, to open the batting     
48    tr   to arrange for (a bank account, savings account, etc.) usually by making an initial deposit  
49    to turn to a specified point in (a book, magazine, etc.)  
open at page one     
50      (Law)   to make the opening statement in (a case before a court of law)  
51    intr     (Cards)   to bet, bid, or lead first on a hand  
52    often preceded by: the   any wide or unobstructed space or expanse, esp. of land or water  
53       See       open air  
54      (Sport)   a competition which anyone may enter  
55    bring (or come) into the open   to make (or become) evident or public,   (See also)        open up  
     (Old English; related to Old French open, epen, Old Saxon opan, Old High German offan)  
  openable      adj  
  openly      adv  
  openness      n  

      adj     (Chess)   (of a file) having a pawn or pawns of only one colour on it  
open air  
a    the place or space where the air is unenclosed; the outdoors  
b    (as modifier)  
an open-air concert     
      adj   easily decided or solved; obvious  
an open-and-shut case     
open book  
      n   a person or thing without secrecy or concealment that can be easily known or interpreted  
Open Brethren  
      n   one of the two main divisions of the Plymouth Brethren that, in contrast to the Exclusive Brethren, permits contacts with members outside the sect  
open chain  
      n   a chain of atoms in a molecule that is not joined at its ends into the form of a ring  
open cheque  
      n   an uncrossed cheque that can be cashed at the drawee bank  
open circuit  
      n   an incomplete electrical circuit in which no current flows  
   Compare       closed circuit  
Open College  
      n   the. (in Britain) a college of art founded in 1987 for mature students studying foundation courses in arts and crafts by television programmes, written materials, and tutorials  
open court  
      n   a court or trial to which members of the public are freely admitted  
open cut  
      n     (Civil engineering)   an excavation made in the open rather than in a tunnel  
   See       cut-and-cover  
open-cut mining  
      n      the Austral. and N.Z. name for       opencast mining  
open day  
      n   an occasion on which an institution, such as a school, is open for inspection by the public,   (Also called)    at-home     (U.S. and Canadian name)    open house  
open door  
1    a policy or practice by which a nation grants opportunities for trade to all other nations equally  
2    free and unrestricted admission  
3    open to all; accessible  
4    (in industrial relations) designating a policy of management being prepared to talk to workers in the office at any time  
1    without definite limits, as of duration or amount  
an open-ended contract     
2    denoting a question, esp. one on a questionnaire, that cannot be answered ``yes'', ``no'', or ``don't know''  
1    with the eyes wide open, as in amazement  
2    watchful; alert  
1    having an ingenuous expression  
2    (of a watch) having no lid or cover other than the glass  
      adj   prenominal     (Medieval history)   of or denoting the system in which an arable area was divided into unenclosed strips, esp. cultivated by different tenants  
open game  
      n     (Chess)   a relatively simple game involving open ranks and files, permitting tactical play, and usually following symmetrical development  
   Compare       closed game  
      adj   generous; liberal  
  open-handedly      adv  
  open-handedness      n  
1    kindly and warm  
2    disclosing intentions and thoughts clearly; candid  
  open-heartedly      adv  
  open-heartedness      n  
open-hearth furnace  
      n   (esp. formerly) a steel-making reverbatory furnace in which pig iron and scrap are contained in a shallow hearth and heated by producer gas  
open-hearth process  
      n   a process for making steel using an open-hearth furnace  
open-heart surgery  
      n   surgical repair of the heart during which the blood circulation is often maintained mechanically  
open house  
1       a U.S. and Canadian name for       at-home       open day  
2    keep open house   to be always ready to provide hospitality  
3      (U.S. and N.Z.)   a house available for inspection by prospective buyers  
open learning  
      n   a system of further education on a flexible part-time basis  
open letter  
      n   a letter, esp. one of protest, addressed to a person but also made public, as through the press  
open market  
a    a market in which prices are determined by supply and demand, there are no barriers to entry, and trading is not restricted to a specific area  
b    (as modifier)  
open-market value     
open market operations  
      pl n     (Finance)   the purchase and sale on the open market of government securities by the Bank of England for the purpose of regulating the supply of money and credit to the economy  
open marriage  
      n   a marriage in which the partners are free to pursue their own social and sexual lives  
      adj   having a mind receptive to new ideas, arguments, etc.; unprejudiced  
  open-mindedly      adv  
  open-mindedness      n  
1    having an open mouth, esp. in surprise  
2    greedy or ravenous  
3    clamorous or vociferous  
open order  
      n     (Military)   a formation that allows additional space between the ranks of a guard or inspected unit to allow the inspecting officer to pass  
      adj   having no or few dividing walls between areas  
an open-plan office floor     
open policy  
      n   an insurance policy in which the amount payable in the event of a claim is settled after the loss or damage has occurred  
   Compare       valued policy  
open position  
      n     (Commerce)   a situation in which a dealer in commodities, securities, or currencies has either unsold stock or uncovered sales  
open primary  
      n     (U.S. government)   a primary in which any registered voter may participate  
   Compare       closed primary  
open prison  
      n   a penal establishment in which the prisoners are trusted to serve their sentences and so do not need to be locked up, thus extending the range of work and occupation they can safely undertake  
open punctuation  
      n   punctuation characterized by sparing use of stops, esp. of the comma  
   Compare       close punctuation  
open question  
1    a matter which is undecided  
2    a question that cannot be answered with yes or no but requires a developed answer  
      adj      another term for       reel-to-reel  
open sandwich  
      n   a slice of bread covered with a spread or filling but without a top  
open season  
1    a specified period of time in the year when it is legal to hunt or kill game or fish protected at other times by law  
2    often foll by: on   a time when criticism or mistreatment is common  
open season on women employees     
open secret  
      n   something that is supposed to be secret but is widely known  
open sentence  
      n     (Logic)   an expression containing a free variable that can be replaced by a name to yield a sentence, as x is wise,   (Also called)    propositional function, sentential function  
open sesame  
      n   a very successful means of achieving a result  
     (from the magical words used by Ali Baba in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments to open the door of the robbers' den)  
open set  
      n     (Maths)  
1    a set which is not a closed set  
2    an interval on the real line excluding its end points, as ]0, 1[, the set of reals between, but excluding, 0 and 1  
open shop  
      n   an establishment in which persons are hired and employed irrespective of their membership or nonmembership of a trade union  
   Compare       closed shop       union shop  
open slather  
      n      See       slather       2  
open texture  
      n     (Philosophy)   the failure of natural languages to determine future usage, particularly the ability of predicates to permit the construction of borderline cases  
Open University  
      n   the. (in Britain) a university founded in 1969 for mature students studying by television and radio lectures, correspondence courses, local counselling, and summer schools  
open up  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to start firing a gun or guns  
2    intr   to speak freely or without restraint  
3    intr  
Informal   (of a motor vehicle) to accelerate  
4    tr   to render accessible  
the motorway opened up the remoter areas     
5    to make or become more exciting or lively  
the game opened up after half-time     
open verdict  
      n   a finding by a coroner's jury of death without stating the cause  
      adj   wide open when postpositive  
1    open to the full extent  
2    postpositive   exposed to attack; vulnerable  
3    uncertain as to outcome  
4      (U.S.)  
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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