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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 something

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take the lid off something

JOURNALISM
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 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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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.
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lift

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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Nihalani said: "I saw Madhur's trailer, and I want to congratulate him for blowing the lid off one of the most shameful chapters of Indian politics.
By blowing the lid off the practices of construction firms in those days, he again stands up for his fellow workers today.
INC minister Roel Rosal, also expelled by the Church, told reporters Thursday that at least 10 ministers were under house arrest, supposedly to stop them from blowing the lid off alleged corruption in the politically influential church.
The most recent explosion occurred when a mixture of several different kinds of hazardous waste created a chemical reaction in a 55-gallon drum, blowing the lid off and erupting in flames, said Cincinnati Fire Capt.
OVER the years, Tarun Tejpal's investigative vehicle Tehelka has prided itself on blowing the lid off illegal activities.
We know this because of revelations by hero whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has done a sterling job blowing the lid off the covert operations.
Anjali Damania is instrumental in blowing the lid off the Rs.
WITH the Mathew Street Festival fiasco blowing the lid off Liverpool Culture Company's activities (or lack of them), I wonder if other previous European Capital of Culture cities became similarly bogged down?
Blowing the lid off the security service's activities made him a thorn in the side of the Kremlin and a marked man.
He then commenced a series of editorials in Forest and Stream magazine blowing the lid off of what was happening "out West," which began to pique public interest.
Home shopping networks are blowing the lid off the retail trade.
Pity the book(*1) that comes out in May 1992 with the subtitle Blowing the Lid Off Congress.