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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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But Heaven's will be done; if I succeed in my attempt I shall be all the more honoured, as I have faced greater dangers than the knights-errant of yore exposed themselves to."
The police have been looking for these girls since last week when they exposed themselves to the victim as he entered his pin code into an ATM machine in Paris, reports the Telegraph.
The attacker is thought to have been with a group of soccer fans who also exposed themselves to the 17-year-old girl.
334) defines a public figure as people who by their personality, status or conduct exposed themselves to such a degree of publicity as to justify public disclosures of certain aspects of their private lives.
The court took the view that the plaintiffs "exposed themselves to the risk" of a trademark issue.
A gang of vandals who exposed themselves to asbestos while smashing up a row of Teesside properties have failed to come forward.
But the potential threats from VoIP are still unclear, and companies trying to save a buck could find that they've exposed themselves to far greater problems.
By settling this region, the new arrivals initially and inadvertently exposed themselves to the triatomid bug transmitting this disease, and joined the wild animals as part of the disease's reservoir.
Staff at Freshfields animal sanctuary believe whoever came into contact with the kittens may have exposed themselves to a nasty skin disease.
A YOUNG woman was left shocked and upset when three youths, thought to be schoolboys, indecently exposed themselves to her on a busy Coventry road.
By the early hours of yesterday morning morose Jonny and whining Alex had stripped off and exposed themselves to the girls.
In doing so, they have exposed themselves to a passel of security threats, from this summer's Code Red worm to the denial-of-service attacks that brought down Amazon.com, eBay and other sites last year.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to use one trial to seek damages for 90 female employees who alleged their male co-workers had touched their breasts and buttocks and exposed themselves to the female employees.
As Lowenstein puts it: "It apparently did not occur to Rosenfeld that since Long-Term tended to buy the less liquid security in every market, its assets were not entirely independent of one another." And so they exposed themselves to the classically Keynesian event: a flight to quality.
Trespassers who smashed up Teesside properties were urged to come forward today after it was revealed they had exposed themselves to asbestos.