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unburden (oneself) to (someone)

To share one's intimate emotions, thoughts, or secrets with someone else, especially that which is troubling, stressful, or distressing. I had simply asked him how things had been, when suddenly he unburdened himself to me about all the problems he's been dealing with in work. I apologize for unbosoming myself to you like that. I just haven't had anyone to talk to since the divorce.
See also: to, unburden
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unburden oneself to someone

Fig. to tell someone about one's trouble or anxiety. I didn't mean to unburden myself to you. I'm just so upset. She unburdened herself to her mother.
See also: to, unburden
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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