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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No one runs so hurriedly to the cover of respectability as the unconventional woman who has exposed herself to the slings and arrows of outraged propriety.
It was impossible for him to remind her that she had, no matter how innocently, exposed herself to the jealous hatred of Francine.
How could she have exposed herself to such ill opinion in any one she valued!
But was it on her own account, or on account of another, that she exposed herself to such hazards?
They declined, but the woman said Evans later told her that she had exposed herself to the film producer in a hallway.
Part of the statement read: "Are we surprised that Miley Cyrus exposed herself to millions of viewers, and to more people who will inevitably see the news in the mainstream media?
Guingona dismissed the fears expressed by many that Garin may have exposed herself to the deadly virus by visiting the peacekeepers.
POLICE have released pictures of a suspected woman flasher who exposed herself to a car full of children.
On the eve of her 17th anniversary, Jimmy Guerin believes the courageous journalist exposed herself to the dangerous criminals who eventually killed her.
IN TEARS: Tenbeigh Hobday's mum Jackie NO RHYME OR REASON: Tenbeigh never went on a sunbed or overly exposed herself to the sun
Thomas, who exposed herself to the sun at the Buddha Beach Bar, looked at ease as she laughed with crewmembers and looked at photographs on a digital camera.
"If the pharaoh-queen was a chronic skin sufferer who often used the balm for short-term relief then, over the years, she might have exposed herself to a high risk of developing cancer," scientists from the university's pharmacology department said.
He claims one female soldier exposed herself to him and male and female troops would have sex in front of inmates.
And because Trefor recognised the danger by warning his wife to be careful moments before the fateful accident, Norwich Union ruled Kathryn was not covered because she had "exposed herself to an obvious and clear danger."
He said the second woman had willingly exposed herself to him.