blow (one's) cover

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blow (one's) cover

To expose one's true identity or motives after they had been intentionally concealed (i.e. after one had been "undercover"). The spy fled when he realized that someone had blown his cover. I totally blew my cover when I stupidly wore my school jacket to steal the other team's mascot.
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blow someone's cover

Sl. to reveal someone's true identity; to ruin someone's scheme for concealment. The dog recognized me and blew my cover. I didn't mean to blow your cover by calling out to you.
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blow one's cover

Inadvertently give away one's secret identity, as in Mary came to the annual meeting pretending to be a shareholder and hoped no one would blow her cover . This expression uses blow in the sense of "expose or betray," a usage dating from Shakespeare's day.
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blow someone's cover

INFORMAL
If you blow someone's cover you tell other people who they are or what they are doing, when they are trying to keep it secret. Asking those kind of questions could blow my cover. The young man looked embarrassed, as if he were a spy whose cover had been blown.
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blow someone's cover

discover or expose someone's real identity.
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blow somebody’s ˈcover

(informal) discover or reveal the real identity of somebody, especially of a spy, etc: She had been posing as a diplomat, but her cover was blown when she was found sending coded messages to agents.
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He was arrested from his home in Bengaluru on December 13, 2014, after the British media blew his cover exposing him as the person handling the Twitter handle @ ShamiWitness to carry out a pro- ISIS campaign.
It covers up for criminals, and blinds security apparatuses," he said, considering the death of martyr Wissam Hassan an outright proof that the government blew his cover before assassins -- instead of protecting him while working on Michel Samaha's case.
OOPSJ Robbie blew his cover PLASTERED ZRi leaves tattoo parlour on Sunday afternoon ITCHY FEAT Z Hours later at ceremony wearing mesh top
A DRIVER who has parked for free for five months in an unmarked bay yesterday blew his cover as he battles to overturn four tickets.
The TV duo had taken up position as Aimee, 12, arrived at the London tourist attraction - and Dec blew his cover as she and her family walked up to take a closer look.
JOHN Lennon blew his cover on a secret Irish paradise when his psychedelically coloured caravan was spotted.
Once in England he lived in secret but claims Northumbria Police blew his cover after taking him to court for motoring offences two years ago.
Mitchell then went out and blew his cover - and effectively the game - wide open.
The talk-show host failed to recognise the striker intially but Totti eventually blew his cover then stayed on air for a chinwag.
Walker, who has a previous conviction for fraud, continued the scam for two years before an investigation blew his cover.
A BRITISH secret agent blew his cover waiting to jet off on a hush-hush operation to combat Al-Qaida - when he was nicked for shoplifting.
Tinley carelessly blew his cover at the end though, with a version - admittedly stunning - of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, a song made famous by none other than Jeff Buckley.
His performance against the Cougars, though, blew his cover.
Ryan Wiseman, 27, was twice caught with Ecstasy at the music festival after police blew his cover - a full-length Scooby-Doo outfit.
But he blew his cover when he was caught by cops in December 2003 in the Railway Hotel in Preston.