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in public

in a place or way so that other people can see or know about something. It's illegal to walk naked in public. John always tries to embarrass me whenever we're in public.
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in public

Openly, open to public view or access. For example, They've never appeared together in public. [c. 1450] For an antonym, see in private.
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in public

In such a way as to be visible to the scrutiny of the people: "A career is born in public—talent in privacy" (Marilyn Monroe).
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July 1964: Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting racial discrimination in employment and in public places, like restaurants.
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45) But the thrill of the experience sprang from its fleetingness and from the asymmetry of the game: the emissaries wore Japanese-styled clothes in public settings, her son dressed up in similar robes within a private space; whereas the former would be seen by many, her son would be seen by a select few.
He couldn't stay in hiding forever, she told him, and if he showed himself too often in public he would surely be arrested.