Meaning of “leave the field open for sb” in the English Dictionary

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"leave the field open for sb" in British English

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leave the field open for sb

UK also leave the field clear for sb to stop competing with someone, making it possible for them to succeed:

John decided not to apply for the job, which left the field open for Emma.

(Definition of “leave the field open for sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)