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in the open

1. Literally, in an unenclosed or outdoor space. In my town you could leave your car unlocked out in the open. In the big city, you'd have it robbed within an hour.
2. By extension, available for public viewing, participation, or experience. Now that details of the legislation are in the open, many people are worried that it signals a clampdown by the government on the press. We hold these meetings every week so team members can share their concerns or frustrations out in the open.
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*in the open

in the outdoors; in an area that is not closed in. (*Typically: be ~; put something ~.) John's bike was stolen because he left it out in the open. Mary loves gardening because she loves to be in the open.
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in (or into) the open

1 out of doors; not under cover. 2 not subject to concealment or obfuscation; made public.
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(out) in(to) the ˈopen

no longer/not hidden or secret: The whole banking scandal came into the open after somebody found some confidential documents on a train.
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