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bring to light

To reveal something, often something inappropriate or illegal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "to." Discrepancies in the yearly budget report brought to light corruption in the company. I never wanted to be a whistleblower, but I'm the only one who can bring these documents to light.
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bring someone or something to light

Fig. to present or reveal someone or something to the public. The newspaper story brought the problem to light. I have brought some interesting facts to light in my article.
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bring something to light

Fig. to make something known. The scientists brought their findings to light. We must bring this new evidence to light.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bring to light

Reveal or disclose something previously hidden or secret, as in After careful investigation all the facts of the case were brought to light. This term uses light in the sense of "public knowledge." [First half of 1500s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bring something to ˈlight

show information, evidence, etc: The police investigation brought to light evidence of more than one crime.These documents have brought new information to light about Shakespeare’s early life.
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bring to light

To reveal or disclose: brought the real facts to light.
See also: bring, light, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The work brings to light an additional artistic side of Montalvo, who is not only an admirer of Marcel Duchamp but was also a student of applied arts and architecture before he discovered choreography.
In this book, he explores and documents the scientific basis behind one of the fundamental principles of naturopathy, which is balance or homeostasis and brings to light the need to keep the body in balance to maintain overall wellness.
She brings to light and interprets many obscure and difficult texts, while also delving into questions such as that of the relation between land and the female body in the writings of Robert Hayman and others.
Doumani brings to light how commercial agriculture developed, how it prepared the integration of Palestine in the world market economy, and the influence of such integration on local and regional political structures.