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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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References in classic literature ?
Even while they had been saying commonplace things Susan had been conscious of the excitement of intimacy, which seemed not only to lay bare something in her, but in the trees and the sky, and the progress of his speech which seemed inevitable was positively painful to her, for no human being had ever come so close to her before.