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blow the lid off (something)
To expose something to the public, often something scandalous or deceptive. That company's stock price plummeted after the media blew the lid off the CEO's embezzlement scandal.
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blow the lid off (something)
Sl. to expose something to public view. The police inspector blew the lid off the work of the gang of thugs. The investigation blew the lid off the scandal.
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blow the lid off
Also, blow wide open. Expose, especially a scandal or illegal activity. For example, The newspaper's investigation blew the lid off the governor's awarding state contracts to his friends . [First half of 1900s]
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blow the lid off somethingor
take the lid off somethingJOURNALISM
If you blow the lid off or take the lid off something that has been kept secret, especially something shocking, you do something to make it known. `The Knowledge' is a new documentary series blowing the lid off music business scandals. Two or three months into therapy, people often feel worse because the treatment is taking the lid off their problems.
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blow the lid offremove means of restraint and allow something to get out of control. informal
1995 Daily Express Fleiss was taken to court on prostitution charges and threatened to blow the lid off Hollywood by revealing names of all her superstar clients.
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blow the lid off something
tv. to expose a scandal or corrupt practice; to expose political dishonesty. I’m going to blow the lid off another phony candidate.
1. n. the potency of alcohol in liquor. Now, this imported stuff has enough lift to raise the dead.
2. n. a brief spiritual or ego-lifting occurrence. Your kind words have given me quite a lift.
3. and lift-up n. drug euphoria; a rush. (Drugs.) The lift-up from the shot jarred her bones.
4. tv. to steal something. She had lifted this ring. We found it on her when we arrested her.
5. tv. to take something away. It was his third offense, so they lifted his license.
6. n. a tall heel on shoes that makes someone seem taller. (Usually plural.) I feel better in my lifts.
7. n. a surgical face-lift. He had a lift on his vacation, but his face still looked two sizes too big.
8. n. a device—worn under the hair at the temples—that provides some of the effects of a surgical face-lift. Do you think she’s wearing a lift?
9. n. a ride; transportation. Would you like a lift over to your apartment?
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