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lay somebody/something open (to something)

1. to put someone or something in a position where there is risk or danger The Senator's remarks were thoughtless and laid him open to criticism.
2. to create an opportunity A string of victories laid the way open for our track team to compete in the regional championship.
Related vocabulary: pave the way for somebody/something
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lay open

Expose; also, make vulnerable to. For example, The audit laid open some suspicious dealings, or She had not laid herself open to any charge of wrongdoing. The first usage dates from the mid-1500s, the second from the mid-1800s. Also see leave open.
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Not one to lay open a problem without providing a solution, Firestein outlines numerous steps corporations can take to honestly build positive lasting reputations, to their own and society's benefit.
So we felt we had to speedily consider what options lay open to us.
The adult gay agenda offers these children nothing to be relied upon, as well, when confusing thoughts about sexual identities and other sexual "options" arise when their trust wounds lay open and the gay option is even tacitly promoted in the home.
The most astonishing thing about her behaviour is that in these days of celebrities who lay open every detail of their lives in the quest for publicity, Lulu, the wee devil, kept that one all to herself.
yet to do the subject justice would be nothing less than to lay open the religious constitutions of the whole country and many transactions which deeply affect the characters of many noted men.
Documents displayed in a nearby vitrine established ties to other artists such as Robert Smithson, whose 1969 Artforum article on his Yucatan mirror displacements lay open, featuring a claim Mendieta easily could have made about her own work: "The displacement was in the ground, not on it.
Suddenly, he realizes that, as a dropout from school, he concluded that only one road lay open to him: to follow his instinct and leave his city in quest of his goal.