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expand (one's) horizons

To have or seek out new experiences, especially if one's experiences have been relatively limited. I'm really nervous to live at school, but I know I need to expand my horizons and get some experience living without my family. I can't believe that Molly has never left the state before! She seriously needs to expand her horizons!
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expand (something) into (something)

1. To become larger or more extensive. Don't pull the cord on that, or it will expand into a raft!
2. To make something larger or more extensive. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "expand" and "into." Don't expand that into a raft just yet—wait till we get to the lake. The publisher wants me to expand my short story into a novella.
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expand (up)on (something)

To discuss a topic in more detail. This is such an important point that I'd like you to expand upon it when you revise your paper.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

expand into something

to grow into something; to enlarge into something. The little problem expanded into a big one in no time at all. In no time at all, the vegetable garden had expanded into a small farm.
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expand one's horizons

Fig. to experience and learn new things. Read more! Travel! Go out and expand your horizons!
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expand something into something

to enlarge something into something; to make something grow into something. She expanded her business into a national company. I would like to build on an addition to expand this room into a more usable space.
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expand (up)on something

 and enlarge (up)on something
Fig. to add detail to a report about something; to say more about something. Would you please expand upon that last remark? Would you care to enlarge upon your remarks?
See also: expand, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Since their founding, the company has expanded its operations such that it now has an overseas distributor building a warehouse in London, England.
In response to higher prices, world oil production outside OPEC expanded, thus loosening OPEC's grip on prices.
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Energy remains a vital economic ingredient for the United States and other industrial democracies, and economic growth and prosperity will require expanded supplies of energy including oil and gas.
This expanded sales, marketing, and development relationship brings the breadth of Adobe's document services together with the cross functional scalability of IBM software offerings to customers worldwide.
We argue, however, that for non-college-bound youth, in particular, early career assessment and intervention should also include comprehensive and culturally appropriate preparation for accessing expanded opportunities and achievement in postsecondary education and career options.
While the rules were being spelled out, the first parallel track program (later called "expanded access") was being established to distribute ddI to people who had failed on AZT.
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* Authorizes expanded activities in foreign branches of U.S.