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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"I say, sire, that I will not expose myself to the chance of a fault.
But I pointed out coldly, as one who deals with the incomprehensible, that I didn't see any reason to expose myself to a snub from the fellow.
I did 'Tabeer' only so as to expose myself to what actually goes on in an actor's mind while facing the camera.
I will not name my six candidates in the magic 12 to play safe, or not to expose myself to those I didn't vote but have chances of winning.
"I'm more than happy to come here and get some first-team experience, expose myself to this level and show what I can do.
I will go in a normal car like any other members of my convoy and expose myself to all the risks that they are bearing for me to be protected.
"There's too much sexism and homophobia and racism in our society for me to want to expose myself to that, and my family," she said.
'I did not know anything about weaving,' she said, prompting her to immerse herself in the production of natural dyes and to travel abroad 'to expose myself to other Asian countries with weaving.'
I could not expose myself to the sun and I was only wearing black trench coats.
But after downloading it and fiddling around with it for an afternoon, I was eventually sucked in enough to actually leave the comfort of air conditioning to expose myself to the harsh light of day.
"I am willing by my own actions to expose myself to this," he said.
To say more would be to spoil the surprise and to expose myself to accusations of eccentricity.
After this incident I will never again expose myself to the potential of being attacked and robbed again."