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Out in the open

Also, out into the open. In or into public view or knowledge, as in I wish he wouldn’t talk behind our backs but bring his complaints out in the open, or It’s important to bring the merger plans out into the open. This term uses open to mean “an unconcealed state.” [ c. 1940 ]


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