come out in the open
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come out in(to) the open
1. To leave a hiding place. We're surrounded by enemy troops, so it's too dangerous to come out into the open right now. The cat is still hiding under the couch. Food, treats, and toys have not enticed her to come out in the open.
2. To appear in public after a period of reclusion. This event is the first time the young starlet has come out in the open since announcing her divorce.
come out in(to) the openand come (out) into the open
1. Lit. [for someone or something] to move from a concealed position to an open area. Sooner or later, she will have to come out in the open. The deer finally came into the open.
2. Fig. [for someone who has been hiding] to appear in public. The thief came out into the open and was recognized by one of the witnesses to the crime. The FBI agents finally came into the open.