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lay bare something

(slightly formal) also lay something bare
to make something obvious that was not known before Her story lays bare the conflicts between two ambitious brothers. The trial was the first to lay bare the secrets of the organization.
Related vocabulary: bare your soul
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lay bare something

to discover or tell people about something that was not previously known or was previously kept secret It's been promoted as the biography that lays bare the truth behind the legend.
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Ian Bartky's meticulous research and careful presentation lay bare a process of change which, though it helped silently to shape our modem world and its assumptions, was by no means as tidy or logical as hindsight makes it appear.
This month, Molly Ivins and Barbara Ehrenreich are in rare form as they lay bare the inequities of Bush's tax plan and expose the flimsiness of the justifications.
But check out the bricks in the thing: each riff, sample, or rhythm fascinates, and they all hang together in mysterious patterns that lay bare the effort of their construction while defying gravity.
Merely one day's attendance at the conference was sufficient to reveal a distinctly feminist bias, and to lay bare the more sinister aspects of feminist theology.
However, their few projects to date, of which this building is their most refined, have all shown an ability to cut away extraneous detail, dissect, separate out parts, and lay bare simple form which makes function understandable.
The seminar will lay bare the rating process and look at the detail behind insurance ratings, including the criteria and processes involved," said Peter Hughes, a director at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.
Organized by capcMusee director Maurice Frechuret, "The Seventies" delves in with an offering of more than 300 works grouped into five major themes: the body, matter, space, surface, and text; the cross section should lay bare a crucial moment in recent art history.