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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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Researcher David Jacques said that the site blows the lid off the Neolithic Revolution in a number of ways, adding that it provides evidence of "people staying put, clearing land, building, and presumably worshiping, monuments."
Dig leader David Jacques, of the University of Buckingham, said: "The site blows the lid off the Neolithic Revolution - deemed the first agricul tural revolution - in a number of ways.
David Jacques, research fellow in archaeology at the University of Buckingham, who led the dig, said: "The site blows the lid off the Neolithic Revolution (deemed the first agricultural revolution in Middle Eastern history) in a number of ways.
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Disclosure ITV1 Wales, tonight, 11.10pm An executive finds himself facing fabricated allegations of sexual harassment brought by his spurned boss - and initiates a chain of events that blows the lid off a high-level company-wide conspiracy.
GREG Smith's staggering letter blows the lid off the murky world of high-stakes banking.
Bronte's great love story Bronte In Love by Sarah Freeman, Great Northern Books, pounds 14.99 A BOOK that blows the lid off the theory that Charlotte, although a talented writer, was a repressed daughter of a cleric, who lived under the iron rule of a tyrannical father.
This book "blows the lid off" the scandalous price gouging schemes of four-year colleges and universities, while praising the low-cost high quality education of two-year community colleges.
FILM star Ewan McGregor blows the lid off the life of a movie pin-up as he takes the South Bank Show cameras with him on promotional trips to Cannes and New York for two new movies - Down With Love and Young Adam.
Once again, David Lynch blows the lid off the dark underbelly of middle-class optimism.
The Starr Chamber blows the lid off the containment strategies ("We just put it in a box to the side and try to go on") he and Hillary have perfected over the years.
David Jacques, research fellow in archaeology at the University of Buckingham, who led the dig, said that the site blows the lid off the Neolithic Revolution (deemed the first agricultural revolution in Middle Eastern history) in a number of ways.
15 10(8) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 THE final showdown between Harry and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is an epic battle that blows the lid off the franchise.
'It blows the lid off the inspection chamber and it flows straight into the gutter, down to the lowest point and then the surface water drops into a pipe,' said Mr Rose.
RAUNCHY writer Jilly Cooper's new novel blows the lid off the exploits of randy orchestra musicians.