put your head above the parapet

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put (one's) head above the parapet

To brave the risk of receiving unfavorable reactions from others by stating or defending opinions that may be considered controversial. Thank goodness that someone put their head above the parapet and drew customers' attention to the deceitful practices of these corporations. Several senators put their heads above the parapet and defended the legislation against attacks from their own party.
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put your head above the parapet

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stick your head above the parapet

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If you put your head above the parapet or stick your head above the parapet, you give an opinion in public about something that may cause people to attack or criticize you. A number of politicians hold this unpopular view, though few are prepared to put their heads above the parapet and admit it. In giving his main character political opinions which are quite obviously his own, the author risks sticking his head above the parapet. Note: Verbs such as raise or lift can be used instead of put and stick. People have become more and more reluctant to raise their head above the parapet — people are frightened to address these issues. Note: If you keep your head below the parapet, you do not risk saying something in public that might be attacked or criticized. Most experts have preferred to keep their heads below the parapet, well aware of the kind of panic headlines that their findings could produce. Note: Parapets are banks of earth or walls which soldiers build for protection against enemy attacks.
See also: above, head, parapet, put
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Kyle told Good Morning Britain: "If you put yourself out there and stick your head above the parapet and you have an opinion, you'd be pretty stupid to say that it's never gonna happen.
The economy is shot; job security is shot; stick your head above the parapet and you will get shot.
That's how I think it should be at a football club and as a player you stick your head above the parapet and stay in the team, there to be shot at.
Don't be afraid to stick your head above the parapet.
If our names aren't in the paper, that's Utopia - but sometimes you have to stick your head above the parapet and make big decisions.
There was until comparatively recently a tendency here not to stick your head above the parapet.
If you stick your head above the parapet you invite fire, and if you can't take it, well get a job handing out towels in a spa.
Could there be some spreading paranoia in the population that to stick your head above the parapet is to chance it being shot off?
I'm a touring level comedian which is good because it's not easy to stick your head above the parapet and go beyond being a circuit comic which most of my friends are,' he said, charmingly self-aware.
Daft as that may sound, there are many offices and even social settings, where to stick your head above the parapet is frowned upon.
So, if you do stick your head above the parapet, you need to be sure you are being clear in what you say.
She said: "You stick your head above the parapet and they shoot you down.