A woman entered a fruit store and said to the clerk, "I want to purchase some fruit for my sick husband."
"We have some very nice sweet cherries on sale for a dollar a box," said the clerk.
She looked them over and decided to take a box. Handing them to the clerk she added, "Have they been sprayed with poison?"
Replied the clerk, "No ma’am. You will have to purchase that at the drug store."
- expanded, unfolded, or spread out (had the map open on the table).
- (of a fabric) not close; with gaps.
- a frank and communicative. B open-minded.
- a accessible to visitors or customers; ready for business. B (of a meeting) admitting all, not restricted to members etc.
- (of a race, competition, scholarship, etc.) Unrestricted as to who may compete. 10 (foll. By to) a willing to receive (is open to offers). B (of a choice, offer, or opportunity) available (three courses open to us). C vulnerable to, allowing of (open to abuse; open to doubt). 11 (of a return ticket) not restricted as to the day of travel. —v. - make or become open or more open.
- (foll. By into, on to, etc.) (of a door, room, etc.) Give access as specified (opened on to a patio).
- a start, establish, or set going (a business, activity, etc.) (opened a new shop; opened fire). B start (conference opens today).
- (often foll. By with) start; begin speaking, writing, etc. (show opens with a song; he opened with a joke).
- ceremonially declare (a building etc.) In use. —n. - (prec. By the) a open space, country, or air. B public notice; general attention (esp. Into the open).
- open championship or competition etc. open a person's eyes enlighten a person. Open out 1 unfold.
- develop, expand.
- become communicative. Open up 1 unlock (premises).
- make accessible.
- reveal; bring to notice.
- begin shooting or sounding. openness n. [old english]
n. (pl. Opuses or opera) 1 musical composition numbered as one of a composer's works (beethoven, opus 15).
- any artistic work (cf. *magnum opus). [latin, = work]