come (out) into the open

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come (out) into the open

1. To move into an open space or area that is exposed and visible to others. We'll wait for the enemy to come out into the open before we launch our attack.
2. By extension, to have been revealed or uncovered for others to know, see, experience, etc. Now that details of the legislation have come into the open, many people are questioning who had a hand in crafting it. We hold these meetings every week so that any concerns or frustrations of our team members can come out into the open.
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come into the open

1. To leave a hiding place. We're surrounded by enemy troops, so it's too dangerous to come into the open right now. The cat is still hiding under the couch. Food, treats, and toys have not enticed her to come into the open.
2. To appear in public after a period of reclusion. This event is the first time the young starlet has come into the open since announcing her divorce.
See also: come, open

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.
See also: come, open, out
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