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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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In essence, they find that exposing loose HAC grains to hot hydrogen gas and ultraviolet radiatidon - a striking parallel to known conditions near expanding and exploding stars - sharply perks up their red light radiation.
To overcome this problem, we used each animal as its own control by exposing the individual animals repeatedly to concentrated air and filtered air and successfully detected the effects of particles on heart rate and mean blood pressure in three rats.
This preliminary study suggests that a pregnant woman who uses cocaine risks exposing her fetus to potentially dangerous levels of the drug, Paule concludes.
Acute exposure was modeled by exposing confluent cultures of UROtsa cells to 100 [micro]M NaAs[O.sub.2] for 4 hr followed by a 48-hr recovery period.
The effect of NaAs[O.sub.2] on the expression of hsp 27, hsp 60, hsc 70, and hsp 70 was determined by exposing confluent UROtsa cells to 100 [micro]M NaAs[O.sub.2] for 4 hr followed by a 48-hr recovery period.
The effect of heat shock on the expression of hsp 27 was determined by exposing confluent UROtsa cells to an elevated temperature of 42.5[degrees]C for 1 hr followed by a recovery period of 48 hr at 37[degrees]C.
The thought of deliberately exposing people to pollutants sends a shudder down the spine of many people.
In the 5 August 1999 issue of Developmental Brain Research, Slotkin's group revealed that exposing rats to chlorpyrifos during the creation of synapses disrupts a wide variety of neuronal pathways in the brain, including ones controlled by the neurotransmitters acetylcholine, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
Parents and health care practitioners alike cringe at the mere thought of exposing children to agents associated with cancer.
In studies, the group is exposing pregnant rats to various concentrations of mercury vapor and then examining mercury concentrations in various tissues.
After exposing mice to these compounds, the investigators found that styrene and divinylbenzene caused toxicity in the nasal cavity and liver, but [Alpha]-methylstyrene did not prove toxic at the concentrations tested.