lay bare (something)

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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 ?
Ye maun lie bare and hard, and brook many an empty belly.
It needn't lie bare for winter as you can plant spring cabbages, hardy lettuces, rocket, winter spinach and autumn onion sets.
Fields that had been planted with corn and other traditional row crops often lie bare from October until June, a period when they can produce "heavy concentrations of nitrogen runoff," he says.