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display (something) to (someone)

To show or present something to someone. You'll have to display your credentials to the guard before you can enter.
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display of force

A display of one's power, influence, or capability to cause harm, meant to act as a warning or deterrent to others. The president said that such a display of force will be treated as an act of aggression by the foreign country and could lead to a declaration of war. The march by union organizers is intended as a display of force to politicians threatening to weaken their bargaining powers.
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on display

In front of everyone; for public viewing. The talent on display in this game is downright remarkable. Please lower your voice—I'd rather not put our personal problems on display in front of the entire neighborhood.
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public display of affection

A physical act of intimacy between a romantic couple done in the view of others. Often shortened to the abbreviation "PDA." I really wish you didn't have such a hang-up over public displays of affection—no one cares if we have a quick kiss out in the open! When we go out, my girlfriend is always trying to hold my hand or kiss me, even though she knows that any public display of affection makes me uncomfortable. I don't mind PDAs in general, but teenagers take it way too far.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

display something to someone

to show something to someone. The peacock displayed his tail feathers to the other birds. Would you please display the artwork to the committee?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on display

In public view; for all to see.
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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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Religious Right activists insist that the justices must permit some Commandments displays, arguing that the Decalogue is displayed at the high court itself.
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Thompson pointed out that a statue of Moses holding tablets that represent the Ten Commandments is displayed at the U.S.
Noncontact, handheld infrared thermometers measure from 0 to 1600 F/C with quick readings displayed to 0.1[degrees] F resolution on LCD.
For months, members of the Alabama House and Senate have debated the amendment, which would allow the Commandments to be displayed in any public building.
In response, Moore displayed his hand-carved plaque in his outer office three weeks after being sworn in.
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A Ten Commandments plaque had been displayed at the statehouse since 1958 but was removed in 1991 after it was vandalized.