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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The Russians, on the contrary, ought according to tactics to have attacked in mass, but in fact they split up into small units, because their spirit had so risen that separate individuals, without orders, dealt blows at the French without needing any compulsion to induce them to expose themselves to hardships and dangers.
The answer is obvious: The weakness of most of the members, who are unwilling to expose themselves to the mercy of foreign powers; the weakness of most of the principal members, compared with the formidable powers all around them; the vast weight and influence which the emperor derives from his separate and heriditary dominions; and the interest he feels in preserving a system with which his family pride is connected, and which constitutes him the first prince in Europe; -- these causes support a feeble and precarious Union; whilst the repellant quality, incident to the nature of sovereignty, and which time continually strengthens, prevents any reform whatever, founded on a proper consolidation.
Hartright attempted to assert that identity, they would publicly expose themselves to the imputation of sustaining a rank deception, they would be distrusted and discredited accordingly, and they would therefore be powerless to place my interests or Percival's secret in jeopardy.
Summary: The United States warned businesses against taking part in an annual trade fair in the Syrian capital opening Wednesday, saying participants would expose themselves to the possibility of U.S.
'People are advised not to expose themselves to the sun unnecessarily during the first three days of May as soaring temperatures could possibly cause heatwave,' said the PDMA official, adding that the citizens should stick to pre-emptive measures to save themselves from the dangers of the heatwave.
[USA], Mar 24 (ANI): Breast cancer patients, who expose themselves to dim-light at night, take note!
In March, a report by the National Environmental Complaints Committee stated that the workers often expose themselves to dangerous chemicals in highly toxic environments.
The ministry went on to warn social media users to be committed to factual accuracy when deciding to distribute material in order for them not to "expose themselves to accountability" and underlined that it stood ready to respond to queries in a transparent manner." (end) ays.sd
Paisley Sheriff Court heard that Wood, who previously worked at Paisley Grammar, convinced children to expose themselves to him by playing a game on the web.
The pervert, who was a maths teacher at Hutchesons' Grammar School in Glasgow, convinced kids to expose themselves to him by playing a game on the web.
Summary: British Olympic athletes have been advised not to shake hands in case they expose themselves to bugs.
One of your Tory contributors described themselves as clowns, how apt as they only expose themselves to ridicule every time they put pen to paper.
Phil Cornwell, who works with Hidden Hearing, said revellers need to ensure they don't expose themselves to extended periods of high decibel noise - with earplugs an easy option.
Now we are told that Esther Rantzen, 68, and former Midlands TV chatshow host Robert Kilroy-Silk, 66, are to expose themselves to the embarrassment and discomfort of ITV's reality show, I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.
Concerned that tanning rays can cause skin cancer and eye damage, Ohio Representative Courtney Combs wants to require a doctor's prescription before allowing teens to expose themselves to tanning booths' ultraviolet rays.