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come to light

To be revealed or exposed. Discrepancies in the yearly budget report only came to light after the auditors began analyzing it. These incriminating documents came to light when they were leaked by a whistleblower.
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come to light

Fig. [for something] to become known or to be discovered. Many surprises have come to light since then. Nothing new has come to light since we talked last.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

come to light

Be clearly revealed or exposed, as in New facts about evolution have come to light with the latest fossil discoveries in Africa . Miles Coverdale had this idiom in his translation of the Bible (Ezekiel 16:57): "And before thy wickednesse came to light." [First half of 1500s]
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come to ˈlight

become known; be revealed: It recently came to light that he’d been in trouble with the police before.
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Proof of the importance of Douglass's independent thinking and development as an orator as well as the influence of Garrisonian thought comes to light in Lampe's discussion of Douglass's first months on the abolitionist tour.
They may appear to be self-serving at first, but when the truth finally comes to light, as it inevitably does given enough time, they are sources of great embarrassment.
"There is no shame in changing the numbers if new information comes to light," Pastorello says.
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Elsewhere, Xavier's patience is tested by a tricky patient when his past comes to light.
How strange the mindset that allows sportsmen to be seen as healthily macho when it comes to light they've had multi-leg-overs and betrayed their wives, but are derided for leading decent and quiet lives with same-sex partners?
News of people refusing an OBE, CBE or knighthood in the annual New Year or Birthday Honours list normally only comes to light if they volunteer the information themselves.
The 78-year-old veteran, who plays Ken Barlow, will be joined by his reallife oldest and youngest sons Linus and James when a decades-old dark family secret comes to light.
From changed friendships to family relationships, the process of re-examination comes to light in the context of a fine survey of a passionate project.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "It is just part of the investigations as more information comes to light."
Matthew King is arrested over Rosemary's disappearance when damning evidence comes to light, but he claims he's being framed.
Human history comes to light as Palmer surveys internationally famous fossil sites.
The damning disclosure comes as his wife Maxine's night of adulterous drunken passion with Dr Matt Ramsden comes to light months after the event.
One of the nice things about the culture of science is that it encourages one to change one's mind if new information comes to light. Since then, in response to conversations with others in the field, I have come to see the number 5 as being just as inappropriate as the number 2.
Unless something comes to light or Martin said we were wasting our time, he could still run at the Festival."