out in the open

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - out in the open

"out in the open"

to be public knowledge;

to no longer be secret


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - out in the open

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Looks like we are going to have to recall our best selling product. Apparently we used a defective component and the product can catch fire.

Colleague 2:  Do the shareholders know about this?

Colleague 1:  Absolutely not. It is just an internal memo for now until we can decide how to present the information so it does not cause a panic. If this knowledge was out in the open right now, the shareholders would panic and sell their stock which would cause the company to collapse.

Colleague 2:  But the recall has to become public knowledge at some point.

Colleague 1:  Yes. We will inform everyone once we have had a chance to do damage control.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - out in the open

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I can't believe that you have been living with cancer for over a year and nobody knew about it.

Friend 2:  I didn't want it out in the open because then everyone would treat me differently. There would be too much sympathy and attention. I just want to live a normal life. You are the only one that knows. Please keep it a secret.

Friend 1:  Of course I will keep your secret but if the disease progresses any further, people are going to find out.

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out in the open - Gerund Form:

Being out in the open, she felt a huge relief not to be carrying the secret any longer.

out in the open - Examples:

1)  ... it looks like the former athlete is happy the news is finally out in the open after months of speculation.

2)  She likes everything out in the open to get rid of misunderstandings.

3)  ... few months now, how excited are you to finally have it out in the open? And what's the first thing you want to do in public as a couple?

4)  ... a strong example for us women by having the guts to come out in the open after having been outraged, must be respected enough to keep her name secret, ...

5)  Graft in India is so accepted that it is out in the open.

6)  ... his wife Shweta came out in the open and clarified that she and Pulkit have decided to go separate ways.

7)  I felt a bit uneasy about it. But now it's out in the open I'm comfortable. 

8)  ... advocacy wherein many people have come out in the open to have themselves tested for the virus. 

9)  ... to reach out to women especially, who usually refrain from coming out in the open to discuss such matters.

10)  I believe it is time we came out in the open and talked about it objectively.

11)  But the coal interests should come out in the open and not hide behind some shady group.

12)  We need to really bring this out in the open. We need to talk about this.

13)  And now that everything's out in the open, Zolciak can freely discuss her new found love, including how her friendship with ...

14)  ... transparency, any talk about trade deals or rejoining should be done out in the open.

15)  ... members will likely stay away as they would not want their identities out in the open.

16)  I think the more you talk about something and get it out in the open, the more real it is and the better understanding of it you have.

17)  ... part of an unusual philosophy by management. If you throw everything out in the open, the thinking goes, it empowers employees and motivates them to do more.

18)  ... a number of players with information on corruption who are not coming out in the open and wants an amnesty for them.

19)  This used to be guerrilla warfare. Now it is out in the open.

20)  which is still being kept from the public. Let's have it all out in the open