out in the open


out in the open
*out in the open
1. Lit. visible in an open space; exposed in an open area. (*Typically: be \out in the open; bring something \out in the open; come \out in the open; get \out in the open; get something \out in the open.) •

The trucks are out in the open where we can see them.

They came out in the open.

2. Fig. [for something] to be public knowledge. (*Typically: be \out in the open; bring something \out in the open; get \out in the open; getsomething \out in the open.) •

Is this matter out in the open, or is it still secret?

Let's get this out in the open and discuss it.

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See: COME OUT IN THE OPEN.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • out in the open — See: COME OUT IN THE OPEN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come out in the open — {v. phr.} 1. To reveal one s true identity or intentions. * /Fred finally came out in the open and admitted that he was gay./ 2. To declare one s position openly. * /The conservative Democratic candidate came out in the open and declared that he… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come out in the open — {v. phr.} 1. To reveal one s true identity or intentions. * /Fred finally came out in the open and admitted that he was gay./ 2. To declare one s position openly. * /The conservative Democratic candidate came out in the open and declared that he… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get out in the open — See: OUT IN THE OPEN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get out in the open — See: OUT IN THE OPEN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • The open air — Open O pen, a. [AS. open; akin to D. open, OS. opan, G. offan, Icel. opinn, Sw. [ o]ppen, Dan. aaben, and perh. to E. up. Cf. {Up}, and {Ope}.] 1. Free of access; not shut up; not closed; affording unobstructed ingress or egress; not impeding or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Out of the question — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Out of the way — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Out of the woods — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out in the cold — {adj. phr.}, {informal} Alone; not included. * /All the other children were chosen for parts in the play, but Johnny was left out in the cold./ * /Everybody made plans for Christmas Day and Mary found herself out in the cold./ Compare: HIGH AND… …   Dictionary of American idioms


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