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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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We are concerned here with the broader question of whether any type of experiment that intentionally exposes human subjects to pesticides can meet scientific and ethical standards.
One might argue that the benefits must be at least as great as the potential benefits of research that exposes healthy subjects to an equivalent amount of risk, such as Phase I clinical trials of new pharmaceuticals.
Imaging scientists need to balance two factors: the thicker the fluorescent layer, the more light is emitted, which exposes the film faster and more effectively.
Most significantly, by using an intensifying screen, Putin was able to create the image with an exposure of only several seconds--a far shorter exposure than would have been required to expose the film using direct x-rays.
"When the use of the circle and slash is combined with the passages of the Bible, it exposes homosexuals to detestation, vilification, and disgrace," Barclay said.
The purpose of this article is to describe a fast and safe technique to expose the geniculate ganglion and the labyrinthine portion of the facial nerve in two structures of the middle ear: the cochleariform process and the tympanic portion of the facial nerve.
The same company also was recruiting in mid-2001 for other studies: one that exposes people to elevated temperatures to test effects on skin circulation, another that exposes people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to air pollutants, and a third that tests the effects of the pesticide permethrin on dust mite allergy and concurrent asthma symptoms.
* questionable applicability of human tests in understanding chronic health effects (this difficulty may be hard to overcome, as few researchers want to deliberately expose test subjects for any lengthy period);
Yet, despite realizing that DES exposes the fetus to an unintended flood of estrogen, scientists have remained at a loss to explain exactly how the compound brings about its tragic effects.