lay bare something

lay bare something
lay bare (something) to discover or tell people about something that was not previously known or was previously kept secret.

It's been promoted as the biography that lays bare the truth behind the legend.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • lay bare — (something) to discover or tell people about something that was not previously known or was previously kept secret. It s been promoted as the biography that lays bare the truth behind the legend …   New idioms dictionary

  • To lay bare — Lay Lay (l[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Laid} (l[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Laying}.] [OE. leggen, AS. lecgan, causative, fr. licgan to lie; akin to D. leggen, G. legen, Icel. leggja, Goth. lagjan. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] 1. To cause to lie down,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lay bare — verb a) to expose or clarify something And laid those proud roofs bare to summers rain. Byron b) to make bare; strip The central and centralized, imperial governments, guided by the big interests of the country, induced in their unfortunate… …   Wiktionary

  • bare your soul — bare (your) soul to express your secret thoughts and feelings. Although people are willing to bare their souls about subjects like rape, grief is still a difficult subject to talk about. Related vocabulary: lay bare something …   New idioms dictionary

  • bare soul — bare (your) soul to express your secret thoughts and feelings. Although people are willing to bare their souls about subjects like rape, grief is still a difficult subject to talk about. Related vocabulary: lay bare something …   New idioms dictionary

  • bare — [[t]be͟ə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ barer, barest, bares, baring, bared 1) ADJ If a part of your body is bare, it is not covered by any clothing. She was wearing only a thin robe over a flimsy nightdress, and her feet were bare... She had bare arms and a bare… …   English dictionary

  • Lay — (l[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Laid} (l[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Laying}.] [OE. leggen, AS. lecgan, causative, fr. licgan to lie; akin to D. leggen, G. legen, Icel. leggja, Goth. lagjan. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] 1. To cause to lie down, to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lay — lay1 W2S1 [leı] v the past tense of ↑lie 1 lay 2 lay2 v past tense and past participle laid [leıd] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(put somebody/something down)¦ 2 lay bricks/carpet/concrete/cables etc 3¦(bird/insect etc)¦ 4¦(table)¦ 5 lay the foundations/ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bare — bare1 [beə US ber] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(without clothes)¦ 2¦(land/trees)¦ 3¦(not covered/empty)¦ 4 the bare facts 5¦(smallest amount necessary)¦ 6 the bare bones 7 lay something bare 8 with your bare hands 9 bare infinitive ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lay — lay1 [ leı ] (past tense and past participle laid [ leıd ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 put down flat/carefully ▸ 2 push egg from body ▸ 3 plan and prepare ▸ 4 lie ▸ 5 prepare table for meal ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) transitive lay on/in/across/against to put something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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