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expose (oneself)

To show one's genitals in a public setting. A: "Did you hear that someone got busted for exposing himself at the mall?" B: "No! I'm really glad I stayed home today."
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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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someone or an animal to a disease; to place someone or an animal near a source of a disease Try to expose your children to chicken pox while they are young. It's horrible when you are an adult. He accidentally exposed his sheep to an infected animal.

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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Alpha reliability of the scale is computed as 0.74 among flood exposed 0.73 among terrorism exposed and 0.77 among suicide bombing exposed adults.
DNA damage and indicators of oxidation were much higher in the children exposed to more than 10 cigarettes per day, scientists said.
On Wednesday, the utility said one of its female employees at the plant was exposed to radiation doses far above the legal limit for female workers.
So far, the registry has amassed information on 761 pregnancies exposed to sumatriptan and 88 exposed to naratriptan.
No data were available for the three birth defects that occurred in infants who were exposed to sumatriptan after the first trimester.
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One of the remaining 3 children was exposed to valproate in combination with lamotrigine (2% of the 51 exposed to polytherapy), 1 child was exposed to phenytoin (11% of the children exposed to phenytoin), and 1 child exposed to lamotrigine (2% of the children exposed to lamotrigine).
The mean MDI scores were 93 in children exposed to carbamazepine, 97 in those exposed to lamotrigine, 91 in those exposed to phenytoin, and 86 in those exposed to valproate.
Working with Rebecca Heltsley of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Charleston, S.C., the scientists exposed the mussels to various concentrations of fluoxetine in the lab.
Certain risks associated with prenatal exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) may be carried over to the next generation, according to results of a study of 463 women whose mothers had been exposed to DES prenatally and 330 whose mothers had not been exposed to the drug.
* The Veterans Benefits Administration has released the first in a series of notification letters to Department of Defense-identified veterans who were exposed to chemical warfare and related agents as test subjects in military experiments.
When Guillette had four- and five-year-old children draw pictures of people, the children who had been closely exposed to the use of chemicals created images of lines and circles, limbs sometimes depicted within torsos, and facial features distorted so that the pictures were barely reminiscent of their own bodies.
In his youth, he worked at a charcoal plant in Mexico, where he burned wood and was exposed to massive amounts of smoke.
But now that the European Union, the most recent manifestation of this process, has proceeded to a point where it has its own currency and central bank, and has begun imposing regulations on member countries, the premeditated merger exposed by TNA a decade and a half ago has become too obvious to deny.