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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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Thiruvananthapuram: A stabbing incident at the University College in the Kerala capital last week has inadvertently blown the lid off a major scam going on in the state, with manipulations suspected in university and public service commission (PSC) examinations.
Summary: Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 25 (ANI): Indiabulls Housing Finance on Tuesday informed stock exchanges that investigations by the Gurugram Police against a person have blown the lid off a massive organised racket.
By NATION REPORTERbrAn undercover investigation has blown the lid off the workings of Cambridge Analytica, the British data company that was suspected and now boasts of influencing Kenya's 2017 presidential election.In a three-part series titled 'Data, Democracy and Dirty Tricks', Britain's Channel 4 exposes how the right-leaning digital marketing firm targets voters with propaganda to influence their voting decisions.
We reported Margaret Thatcher had "blown the lid off" a political cover-up by naming Sir Anthony Blunt as the fourth man in the Cambridge spy ring.
Well, that's assuming Blatter doesn't become embroiled in the FBI investigation that has blown the lid off the shady dealings we've all suspected have gone on behind the scenes at FIFA.
Squirrels, it seems, can climb trees but not out of plastic bins that the wind has blown the lid off.
Shortly before Antony took over as the defence minister in 2007, the Comptroller and Auditor General had blown the lid off the brewing submarine crisis.
AN ex-Goldman Sachs executive has blown the lid off its "toxic and destructive culture".
An undercover team of investigators has blown the lid off a conspiracy involving major land developers.
Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale has blown the lid off Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's incredible cash demands which eventually led to his exit from Elland Road.
The European ideal would never work in reality and the last thing we want is a European superstate." Shadow Foreign Secretary Francis Maude added: "Herr Fischer has spectacularly blown the lid off Europe's superstate agenda."
NATIONAL level boxer Deepak Kumar has blown the lid off the rampant doping practices among Indian boxers.
Mumbai The recent brutal murder of a government officer by the oil mafia has finally blown the lid off a thriving oil racket in Maharashtra.
NOT for the first time, Cherie Blair has blown the lid off one of her husband's key policies.
But as boss Craig Brown keeps his fingers crossed, old stager McPhail has blown the lid off the age-old argument.