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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References in classic literature ?
If I have exposed myself to it, in vain, let it be so; but if you and he should ever meet again, do me justice.
In your place, I should not have exposed myself to be shot, with no other object in view than describing a battle in a newspaper.
"I have exposed myself to worse misconstruction than that," she said.
Imagine if I went there and exposed myself to LaVar Ball's probable complaints that LeBron's getting old and that's the sole reason his errant-shooting son Lonzo isn't winning titles.
"I never really went out and exposed myself to the sun too much and when I did I always wore factor 50 sun cream, so it was a big shock to me.
I won't go into any detail, but I exposed myself to exactly the same risks as anybody else was exposed to."
If I went into the centre of Bo'ness, got blazing drunk and exposed myself to the public I would get lifted and rightly so.
But the best of it began with a carefully-worded warning that by handling the electrical connections, I had already exposed myself to lead.
I ask Mr Seed this, if I exposed myself to his mum or any female member of his friends or family would he see it as funny or be the first to contact the police?
But having exposed myself to the idiocies of Jade and Co in the Big Brother house, I see even less reason for buying one.
I would be pleased to learn that I am wrong and have exposed myself to a touch of embarrassment if I am proven so, if that is what it takes to get to the bottom of this.
"I went down every day with no preconceived notion of what I was going to find," he recalls, "hut I was convinced that if I exposed myself to it every day, I would come out of it with something."