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adjective     open-ended pronunciation in British English
/ˌəʊpən ˈendɪd/
  1. 1
    an open-ended question is one that asks people for a comment or an opinion rather than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer
  2. 2
    something that is open-ended has no limits

    The talks will have an open-ended agenda.

    an open-ended ticket


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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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