expose (someone, something, or oneself) to (someone or something)

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expose (someone, something, or oneself) to (someone or something)

1. To bring someone, something, or oneself into contact with someone or something, often with negative consequences. Well, my mom is really sick, which means that we might have exposed the kids to the flu virus when we had her watch them last week. I created that bleached effect by exposing the film to the light. I try not to expose myself to too many news programs—it's too depressing.
2. To reveal private information to someone or something. If he exposed his true intentions to the board, he'd be fired for sure. She was arrested for exposing state secrets to a foreign agent.
3. To expose one's genitalia to someone. Almost always said of a man exposing his penis. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is always used. The video shows a man exposing himself to a woman in the parking lot.
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expose someone or something to someone or something

to show someone or something to someone or something. You should not expose the children to violent movies at their age. Do not expose the film to the light.
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expose something (or oneself) to someone or something

to disclose someone's or something's secrets to someone or a group. He exposed his inner thoughts to everyone there. She refused to expose herself to the ears of the curious and ceased talking. He exposed himself to the public when he revealed his involvement in the arms sale.
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References in classic literature ?
But Dolly, perhaps because she was in the flutter of spirits before mentioned, or perhaps because she thought he would not be able to open it with his one arm--she could have had no other reason-- hurried out after him; and they stopped so long in the passage--no doubt owing to Joe's entreaties that she would not expose herself to the draught of July air which must infallibly come rushing in on this same door being opened--that the knock was repeated, in a yet more startling manner than before.
As Hepzibah, in order not to expose herself to inspection from without, invariably opened a door in this manner, Phoebe necessarily concluded that it was her cousin who now admitted her.
Many would be glad to tell her such news, just to see how she would take it; and then she might expose herself to fresh scandal.'
Jewish and gay, yet unwilling to expose herself to the accompanying scrutiny and rejection, Joanna spends much of her youth fostering chaos and embracing self-denial, even while celebrating an affirming commitment to the psychiatric ward.
Knowingly gay, but unwilling to expose herself to scrutiny and rejection, Joanna spends much of her young life fostering chaos, even spending some time in a psychiatric ward.
He is also charged with attempting to cause or incite a girl to engage in sexual activity by asking her to expose herself to him on February 11.
Why oh why did Ms Bache expose herself to have a seventh child unless she could afford it?
She endeared herself to the British public that day as the only guest brave enough to expose herself to the elements.
She said her faith in Seidl as a director gave her the confidence to expose herself to such an extent.
NAKED SCENE Anne Hathaway In the scene, Anne had to reveal to co-star JAKE GYLLENHAAL she wasn't wearing any clothes then accidentally expose herself to his onscreen flatmate.
Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang elected to go into public office and ipso facto expose herself to public scrutiny.
For best results, the patient must expose herself to the lights within 10 minutes of waking up in the morning, and the therapy is not recommended without the guidance of a doctor trained in light therapy administration.
The court also noted that the detainee was in the process of leaving the jail when she was required to expose herself to the hands-on search.
Moreover, to expose herself to different forms of creativity she has also taken deep interest in painting and writing poems.