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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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This shortsighted preference for advantage and convenience, laid on top of handsome dividends and reasonably acceptable risks, lay us open to rampant corruption.
Meanwhile Eurocrats and their strutting judges have been warning us that to refuse prisoners the vote was a denial of their human rights and would lay us open to huge fines and the payment of untold amounts of compensation.
He said: "Surely this will lay us open to all manner of diseases like cholera and typhoid.