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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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Desmarais expressed a wish for 'a spatial and formal experience that is dynamic rather than merely useful: that announces to all who enter that this is a place for experiment, a place to leave behind assumptions and conventions, a place that lays us open to the surprises and challenges that are necessarily presented by new art'.