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lift the lid off (something)

To expose something to the public, often something scandalous or deceptive. That company's stock price plummeted after the media lifted the lid off the CEO's embezzlement scandal.
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lift the lid off something

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lift the lid on something

JOURNALISM
If you lift the lid off something or lift the lid on something that has been kept secret, especially something shocking, you do something to make it known. He lifts the lid off Crystal Palace football club with a number of startling revelations. Her book lifted the lid on the royal marriage.
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lift, blow, etc. the ˈlid off something

(informal) tell people unpleasant or shocking facts about something: The story in today’s paper really lifts the lid off the use of drugs in horse racing.
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The explosion occurred on November 5, 2012 and killed Shajib Mian Shakur Miah, from Bangladesh, when he lifted the lid off a garbage container and removed an object near Awal Cinema.
London, August 28 ( ANI ): Former Spice Girl Mel C has finally lifted the lid off the catfights within the girl band, which was constantly dogged with rumours of infighting during its heydays.