blow the lid off

blow the lid off (something)

To expose something to the public, often something scandalous or deceptive. That company's stock price plummeted after the media blew the lid off the CEO's embezzlement scandal.
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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

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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blow the lid off

remove means of restraint and allow something to get out of control. informal
1995 Daily Express Fleiss was taken to court on prostitution charges and threatened to blow the lid off Hollywood by revealing names of all her superstar clients.
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New Idea recently claimed that the Duchess of Cornwall is "set to blow the lid off the royal family" with her $12 million tell-all book.
Last night Mumford & Sons had the crowd swaying and jigging with their hits including the ever-popular I Will Wait and, to top it all, the grungy yet soulful superstar Pink's show tonight from 8pm is sure to blow the lid off a great Formula One weekend.
While halting Brexit completely looks a forlorn hope - and one that would certainly lead to a democratic crisis that would blow the lid off voter anger with the political establishment - our best bet now must surely be to forge a Brexit that does the least damage to the economy, to jobs and the chances of future generations.
On this occasion members of the committee expressed grave concern over the conspiracy made by India and said that stern measures should be taken to blow the lid off the letters.
The Ambassador told the journalists that Heritage Day was an opportunity for French authorities to blow the lid off important archeological sites.
The Mirror can reveal the FA is said to have a "secret dossier" of information on rival bids for the tournament that could blow the lid off the scandal engulfing football.
One imagines that the piece rocketed to #1 on the Times website almost instantaneously precisely because it promised to blow the lid off the repressive ethno-centric Jewish dystopia that some Times readers believe exists, contrary to the paper's own reporting, and that other readers see in their nightmares.
The agency's inquiry into the HAL- Rolls- Royce deals might blow the lid off yet another corruption scandal in the graft- ridden world of defence deals.
At least 15 Indians, who tried to blow the lid off corruption scams or fought the menace in other ways, have been killed since 2010.
Tory Chris Grayling said: "These revelations blow the lid off what looks to have been a culture of deceit in Downing Street under Tony Blair.
Maureen McCormick is ready to blow the lid off of her years as America's sweetheart, Marcia Brady, on "The Brady Bunch.
A packed programme of free events will blow the lid off the Welsh National Opera.
Half a century ago Senator Joseph McCarthy tried to blow the lid off the infiltration of our government by Communists at the highest levels, and anyone who thinks they have since just given up and gone home must be fooled by the avoidance of the use of that term.
Detective Chief Superintendent Ellie Baker apparently has a dynamite dossier that will blow the lid off the force's guarded surface, revealing a core of cop corruption.