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TO OPEN, OPENING. To open a case is to make a statement of the pleadings in a case, which is called the opening.
     2. The opening should be concise, very distinct and perspicuous. Its use is to enable the judge and jury to direct their attention to the real merits of the case, and the points in issue. 1 Stark. R. 439;S. C. 2 E. C. L. R. 462; 2 Stark. R. 31; S. C 3 Eng. C. L. R. 230.
     3. The opening address or speech is that made immediately after the evidence has been closed; such address usually states, 1st. The full extent of the plaintiff's claims, and the circumstances under which they are made, to show that they are just and reasonable. 2d. At least an outline of the evidence by which those claims are to be established. 3d. The legal grounds and authorities in favor of the claim or of the proposed evidence. 4th. An anticipation of the expected defence, and statement of the grounds on which it is futile, "either in law or justice, and the reasons why it ought to fail. 3 Chit. Pr. 881; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3044, et seq. To open a judgment, is to set it aside.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Torn and bleeding from many cruel wounds, I lay panting upon the ground within the hollow of the tree, while Tars Tarkas defended the opening from the furious mob without.
For fully five hundred feet I continued to climb, until at length I reached the opening in the stem which admitted the light.
I soon reached him and presently we were both ascending the long ladder toward the opening above.
When we reached the opening at the top Tars Tarkas drew to one side that I might pass out and investigate, as, owing to my lesser weight and greater agility, I was better fitted for the perilous threading of this dizzy, hanging pathway.
Almost immediately I recognised them for what they were, the dark openings of caves entering the solid walls--possible avenues of escape or temporary shelter, could we but reach them.
But if an impromptu barbecue is on the cards or a quick dash to the supermarket is likely, stay in the know with our very handy guide to all the major supermarket opening times below.
RIYADH: The third annual Misk Global Forum opened Wednesday in Riyadh, with opening remarks by the forum's executive manager, Shaima Hamidaddin.
Blaydon Leisure Centre: reduce opening hours between Christmas and New Year to open at 8am and 3pm each day.
Pharmacy opening hours in Huddersfield and around the districts over the BANK holidays are as follows: K & M Pharmacy Ltd, 325 Meltham Road, Netherton: Closed Christmas Day; Open Boxing Day 4pm - 6pm; Open New Year's Day 4pm - 6pm.
Oct 25: Official opening of MC6 sixth form centre, Middlesbrough College.
Opening: "Only today I read the article in your "American Mercury" of June, 1936 by Ford Madox Ford on my husband D.