blow the lid off

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

remove 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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It broke a 66-run stand that allowed Pakistan to get back on track after the two early strikes threatened to blow the lid off their chase.
Production company Mammoth Screen were allegedly targeted in 2014 after revealing plans for thriller Opposite Number, which would "blow the lid off " the rogue state.
Production company Mammoth Screen was allegedly targeted in 2014 after revealing plans for thriller Opposite Number, which would "blow the lid off " the rogue state.
If rumours are to be believed, then the former Central Board of Film Certification chief has plotted a comeback role for Govinda in Rangeela Raja , which is meant to blow the lid off a certain Indian baron's international scam.
New Idea recently claimed that the Duchess of Cornwall is "set to blow the lid off the royal family" with her $12 million tell-all book.
Last night Mumford & Sons had the crowd swaying and jigging with their hits including the ever-popular I Will Wait and, to top it all, the grungy yet soulful superstar Pink's show tonight from 8pm is sure to blow the lid off a great Formula One weekend.
On this occasion members of the committee expressed grave concern over the conspiracy made by India and said that stern measures should be taken to blow the lid off the letters.
The Ambassador told the journalists that Heritage Day was an opportunity for French authorities to blow the lid off important archeological sites.
-- The creator of Fox's prime-time soap "Empire'' said he wants to "blow the lid off homophobia'' in the African-American community with a depiction of the show's lead character's hostile relationship with his gay son.
One imagines that the piece rocketed to #1 on the Times website almost instantaneously precisely because it promised to blow the lid off the repressive ethno-centric Jewish dystopia that some Times readers believe exists, contrary to the paper's own reporting, and that other readers see in their nightmares.
The agency's inquiry into the HAL- Rolls- Royce deals might blow the lid off yet another corruption scandal in the graft- ridden world of defence deals.
According to legal documents obtained, the 32-year-old socialite's attorney, Laura Wasser, strongly believes that Humphries' lawyer, Lee Hutton, was lying when he said he didn't plan to "blow the lid off reality television."
Tory Chris Grayling said: "These revelations blow the lid off what looks to have been a culture of deceit in Downing Street under Tony Blair.
A packed programme of free events will blow the lid off the Welsh National Opera.
Half a century ago Senator Joseph McCarthy tried to blow the lid off the infiltration of our government by Communists at the highest levels, and anyone who thinks they have since just given up and gone home must be fooled by the avoidance of the use of that term.