Definition of in (or into) the open in US English:

in (or into) the open

phrase

  • 1Out of doors; not under cover.

    • ‘People moved their beds outside into the open and slept under the sky during the hottest days.’
    • ‘Fighting to get out against the steady tide of workers still trying to fight their way back in, she pushed her way out into the open.’
    • ‘He was about to step out into the open when he thought of something and whirled back around.’
    • ‘Animals like this only come into the open when the natural food supply is short.’
    • ‘Locals say the only crowds were playing kids, who had been coaxed into the open by the soldiers' offers of chocolate.’
    • ‘But it did neither, and I resorted to an old technique to coax it into the open.’
    • ‘He pushed her forward, towards the camp and they walked back through the forest and out into the open.’
    • ‘A clause in the new law states that dogs can be used to flush foxes hiding in woodlands out into the open.’
    • ‘So, this time, they would bring the fox out into the open where he could not trick them.’
    • ‘I hold the bag close to my chest and run right out into the open, the men behind me, all male, screaming and waking the others up.’
    1. 1.1 Not subject to concealment or obfuscation; made public.
      ‘we have never let our dislike for him come into the open’
      • ‘I think it is high time we had the debate and brought the issue into the open.’
      • ‘It is very much in their interest to see that the affair does not come out into the open.’
      • ‘The effect of legal action is to drag the tobacco companies into the open, which is precisely where they don't want to be.’
      • ‘I'd like to use the panel to help bring that conversation more out into the open.’
      • ‘He hated the idea of a clandestine affair and wanted to bring everything into the open.’
      • ‘It was only when I started asking questions that the whole thing came out into the open.’
      • ‘The tragedy is that innocent French civilians had to pay such a high price for bringing everything into the open.’
      • ‘They need to get these issues into the open and expose Labour's weaknesses.’
      • ‘Perhaps it came more out into the open when I went to Glasgow High School.’
      • ‘The court was told that the sexual relationship came out into the open following a family argument.’
      • ‘If Britain is to be part of that process, the matter has to be brought out into the open and openly debated.’
      • ‘A challenger must come into the open and secure swift support across all wings of the party against the incumbent.’
      • ‘Alternatively, even nastier hidden stuff would be drawn out into the open.’
      • ‘The discontent that had been brewing within the Workers' Party soon came out into the open.’
      • ‘I think it did me some good to get some deeply buried thoughts and experiences out into the open.’
      • ‘Unless all of this is brought into the open, it is going to imperil the future.’
      • ‘All these rumours were starting and I think Andy just wanted to get it out into the open and thought it was the right time to do so.’
      • ‘We have to re - examine how we talk about sex and bring it into the open for rational, mature discussion.’
      • ‘Differences between right and left are likely to spill into the open after the election.’
      • ‘For how else are society's dark secrets to be brought out into the open?’