lay bare


: to reveal or uncover private information or feelings
He laid bare his soul.
The book is an attempt to lay bare the secrets of this very powerful political family.

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Recent Examples on the Web Lawmakers know that a leadership change would lay bare the party’s internal rifts unless a consensus emerged over a successor to Mr. Sunak. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The main effect of the war thus far has been to lay bare and dramatically increase the injustices of a single state based on the economic, legal, and military subjugation of one group by another—a situation that violates international law and offends liberal values. Marc Lynch, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Foreign involvement is one area that could lay bare some differences between GOP candidates. Monica Potts, ABC News, 19 Jan. 2024 The cyberattacks also allegedly took aim at U.S. energy networks and American spies, among others, as the U.K. and U.S. governments sought to lay bare the Kremlin’s commitment to disrupting Western democracies with online influence operations ahead of elections in 2024. Max Colchester, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2023 The federal trial in downtown San Francisco is sure to lay bare the corrosive impact of conspiracy theories and misinformation in modern politics. Chris Young, NBC News, 13 Nov. 2023 By Episode 6, they are forced to lay bare everything between them, especially when Liv finds out there’s a second woman in Will’s life. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 16 Sep. 2023 Comments to antitrust regulators lay bare Americans’ anger and disillusionment over consolidation’s effects on all sectors of the economy, but especially health care. Tara Bannow, STAT, 18 Sep. 2023 His charging documents also seem to lay bare some of the challenges for law enforcement in making cases from chaotic mass shootings. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 11 July 2023

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“Lay bare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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