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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How to use lay open in a sentence

  • She put the envelope into his hand as it lay open, palm upwards, on his knee.

    Trent's Last Case | E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
  • A large hall came next, which lay open, without doors, to the square outside.

    Heidi | Johanna Spyri