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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Of course he is right there," said Countess Mary, "but he forgets that we have other duties nearer to us, duties indicated to us by God Himself, and that though we might expose ourselves to risks we must not risk our children."
But in order not to expose ourselves to the loss of our thermometer, we will fasten it, and we can then more easily pull it back again."
They did not dare come in after us, and in general we would not expose ourselves to their arrows.
Why, every day in the trenches we go cheerfully to expose ourselves to worse than that--for a bullet may break a leg, and I am convinced a surgeon would give us more pain in cutting off a thigh than an executioner in cutting off a head.
Before I started my research on sunlight, I thought that we should cover as much of our body when we expose ourselves to the sun.
'We need to get the knowledge and spirit on our personnel to sustain our business so that we can remain relevant, we need to continuously expose ourselves to the new technology that will take us to the next decades, 'he said.
Our own transfiguration happens when we humbly expose ourselves to God's tremendous presence and love, and this we can do anywhere, anytime.
Although a fall is never inevitable, still it would be great pride and rashness to expose ourselves to the danger of falling if we can avoid it.
It is scary to move outside your comfort zone- to be bad at doing something new when others are better at it - but it is only by taking those risks, peeking behind those new doors, that we expose ourselves to new and potentially lifeenhancing, experiences.
When we go against Nature we expose ourselves to its wrath, in the form of the rising rate of natural calamities that we hear about in so many parts of the world.
'However, I have considered the case of Etisalat in detail to see if we will expose ourselves to international arbitration.
Why is it okay to expose ourselves to such harmful chemicals at any point in our lives?
"It's about attracting all the strong destinations which look to us for outbound tourism, and we support the government's efforts on visas to attract the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) market, as well as India, Iran and China, because this will only help us expose ourselves to these markets as well, maximising the demand for a luxury beach destination." "The fact that we have two Anantara properties opening in Oman has really put this country on the map, because it makes people sit up and take notice," added Hewitson.