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lay bare (something)

To divulge, explain, or reveal something not previously known publicly. Our hope is that this expedition will lay bare the secrets of the ancient king's tomb. Her interview purports to lay bare the details of their relationship.
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lay something ˈbare

reveal something which has never been seen before: She laid bare her feelings for him.The report lays bare the shocking housing conditions in this city.
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Gilbert treats Eustace with respect and affection but she also doesn't hesitate to lay bare the psychological abuse of his childhood and the reverberations this has caused in his adult relationships, both romantic and workaday.
Ian Bartky's meticulous research and careful presentation lay bare a process of change which, though it helped silently to shape our modem world and its assumptions, was by no means as tidy or logical as hindsight makes it appear.
This month, Molly Ivins and Barbara Ehrenreich are in rare form as they lay bare the inequities of Bush's tax plan and expose the flimsiness of the justifications.
But check out the bricks in the thing: each riff, sample, or rhythm fascinates, and they all hang together in mysterious patterns that lay bare the effort of their construction while defying gravity.
Merely one day's attendance at the conference was sufficient to reveal a distinctly feminist bias, and to lay bare the more sinister aspects of feminist theology.
However, their few projects to date, of which this building is their most refined, have all shown an ability to cut away extraneous detail, dissect, separate out parts, and lay bare simple form which makes function understandable.
SHOCKING new statistics obtained by Wales on Sunday today lay bare the true extent of the nation's repossession crisis.
Boasting of unrivalled access to the Longchamp course, the Beeb's Claire Balding proclaimed in her preview piece that the dressing room cameras would 'lay bare' jockeys' pre-race rituals and post-run celebrations.