(out) in/into the open

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Definition of (out) in/into the open

1 : in or to an area or place that is not covered or enclosed
  • We slept out in the open with nothing above us but the stars.
  • A deer walked out into the open.
  • food left out in the open
2 : in or into a situation in which something (such as a feeling) is no longer hidden or kept secret
  • Her true feelings were finally out in the open.
  • He rarely fought his political battles in the open.
  • Let's get everything out into the open. You've been lying to me, haven't you?

Word by Word Definitions

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

open play
  1. : having no enclosing or confining barrier : accessible on all or nearly all sides

  2. : being in a position or adjustment to permit passage : not shut or locked

  3. : having a barrier (such as a door) so adjusted as to allow passage

  1. : to move (something, such as a door) from a closed position

  2. : to make available for entry or passage by turning back (something, such as a barrier) or removing (something, such as a cover or an obstruction)

  3. : to make available for or active in a regular function

  1. : opening

  2. : open and unobstructed space: such as

  3. : open air


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