blow the lid off

blow the lid off (something)

Sl. to expose something to public view. The police inspector blew the lid off the work of the gang of thugs. The investigation blew the lid off the scandal.
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blow the lid off (something)

to make public something that was previously not known or was hidden He blew the lid off modern photography by publishing gritty, realistic pictures at a time when most photos showed a clean, happy world.
Usage notes: sometimes used with other verbs meaning "remove": Her novel tore the lid off small-town life.
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blow/take the lid off something

  also lift the lid on something
to cause something bad that was previously kept secret to be known by the public In 1989 they started an investigation that was to blow the lid off corruption in the police force.
See flip lid, keep a lid on, Put a lid on it!, put the lid on
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blow the lid off

Also, blow wide open. Expose, especially a scandal or illegal activity. For example, The newspaper's investigation blew the lid off the governor's awarding state contracts to his friends . [First half of 1900s]
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LORD Chancellor Derry Irvine is loathed by his colleagues, according to a new book that will blow the lid off Labour's "united front".
GAA star Tommy Doyle is to blow the lid off a drinks price-fixing scandal that could land boardroom bosses in jail.
Interest was hotting up at home and abroad over the programme which, it's claimed, will blow the lid off the couple's steamy fling.
I'm going to blow the lid off of the whole sorry mess.
NEWCASTLE boss Bobby Robson has threatened to blow the lid off a new poaching scandal after claiming Olivier Bernard has been the subject of an illegal approach from another Barclaycard Premiership club.
CONTROVERSIAL QC Donald Findlay is writing his memoirs which, he claims, will blow the lid off Scotland's legal system.
A family friend said: "Paul is ready to blow the lid off everything because he feels so deeply upset by what has happened.
An emotional showdown between North America's ice hockey powers threatens to blow the lid off the Big Hat in Nagano, with already intense rivals stirred in the wake of Canada's Paul Kariya being sidelined by US defender Gary Suter.
You could blow the lid off the hottest science story since Gilligan's Island.
But while aiming to blow the lid off a sensational story, Shvets declines to name this superagent, and that is a fundamental weakness of the book.
Beavers is a powerful gateway for anyone in the industry who wants to blow the lid off their earning potential by knowing the most powerful information and mastering the most profitable skills that entrepreneurs and business owners should know.
Lulu will testify that she believes Britney was being emotionally manipulated in the conservatorship and will blow the lid off of what was really going on with her.
The audio book, entitled "The Truth about Renewable Energy," is designed to blow the lid off what Bruce describes as a "huge energy scam.
The proposed legislation intends to serve two purposes -- to provide all- round protection to those who blow the lid off corrupt practices and to award severe punishment to those who disclose the identity of whistleblowers.