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lay open

1. To expose. The investigation has laid open a lot of questions about the campaign. The job fair really laid open some opportunities for me.
2. To make vulnerable to something; to expose to something. Often used in the form "lay (one) open to (something)." These terms of service lay us open to lawsuits, so we need to update them right away.
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lay open

Expose; also, make vulnerable to. For example, The audit laid open some suspicious dealings, or She had not laid herself open to any charge of wrongdoing. The first usage dates from the mid-1500s, the second from the mid-1800s. Also see leave open.
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What's happened … has certainly laid us open to the charge that this looks like an absolutist monarchy or a personality cult," said O'Flynn, who is also a UKIP lawmaker in the European Parliament.
I already have a code, and 40% of newspapers have more detailed written guidelines, and that has not laid us open to legal attack"' he said.