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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.
In front of everyone; for public viewing. The talent on display in this game is downright remarkable. Please lower your voice—I'd rather now have our personal problems on display for the entire neighborhood to see.
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.
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.
In public view; for all to see.
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.