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1. The act or an instance of exposing, as:
a. An act of subjecting or an instance of being subjected to an action or an influence: their first exposure to big city life.
b. Appearance in public or in the mass media: an actor with much recent exposure in television.
c. Revelation, especially of crime or guilt: exposure of graft in county government.
d. The act of making visible a body part, especially the genitals or breasts, in public or in a manner that is illegal or inappropriate.
2. The condition of being exposed, especially to severe weather or other forces of nature: was hospitalized for the effects of exposure.
3. A position in relation to climatic or weather conditions or points of the compass: Our house has a southern exposure.
a. The act of exposing sensitized photographic film or plate.
b. A photographic plate or a piece of film so exposed.
c. The amount of radiant energy needed to expose a photographic film.
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1. the act of exposing or the condition of being exposed
2. (Architecture) the position or outlook of a house, building, etc; aspect: the bedroom has a southern exposure.
3. lack of shelter from the weather, esp the cold: to die of exposure.
4. a surface that is exposed: an exposure of granite.
5. (Mountaineering) mountaineering the degree to which a climb, etc is exposed. See exposed4
6. (Photography) photog
a. the act of exposing a photographic film or plate to light, X-rays, etc
b. an area on a film or plate that has been exposed to light, etc
c. (as modifier): exposure control.
7. (Photography) photog
a. the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate multiplied by the time for which it is exposed
b. a combination of lens aperture and shutter speed used in taking a photograph: he used the wrong exposure.
8. appearance or presentation before the public, as in a theatre, on television, or in films
9. (Law) See indecent exposure
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(ɪkˈspoʊ ʒər)

1. the act of exposing.
2. the state of being exposed.
3. disclosure, as of something private or secret.
4. an act or instance of revealing: exposure of graft.
5. presentation to view: His exposure of his anger shocked the company.
6. a laying open to the action or influence of something: exposure to measles.
7. the condition of being exposed without protection to the effects of harsh weather: suffering from exposure.
a. the act of presenting a photosensitive surface to light.
b. a photographic image produced.
c. the total amount of light received.
9. situation with regard to sunlight or wind: a southern exposure.
10. something exposed: rock exposures.
11. public appearance, esp. on the mass media.
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another lie nailed to the counter An Americanism referring to something false or misleading which is publicly exposed to forewarn possible future offenders and con artists. The popular story explaining the origin of this expression is that the keeper of a general store used to nail counterfeit coins to the counter to discourage future customers from trying to perpetrate the same fraud.

blow the gaff To divulge a secret; to reveal a plot; to blab, peach, or give convicting evidence. Blow the gaff is the British slang equivalent of spill the beans. As early as 1575, blow was used to mean ‘expose or betray.’ Blow the gab appeared in print in 1785, followed by blow the gaff in 1812. According to the OED, the origin of gaff is obscure, though gaffe ‘blunder’ is a common modern borrowing from French.

I wasn’t going to blow the gaff, so I told him, as a great secret, that we got it [the gun] up with a kite. (Frederick Marry at, Peter Simple, 1833)

blow the whistle To expose or threaten to expose a scandal; to put a stop to, put the kibosh on; to inform or squeal. This expression may come from the sports referee’s whistle which stops play when a foul or violation has been committed or at the end of the game; or from the policeman’s whistle which calls attention to a traffic or civil offense.

cackling geese Informers, warners; saviors, protectors, defenders. According to legend, the cackling of the sacred geese alerted the Roman garrison when the Gauls were attacking the Capitol, enabling them to save the city.

come out in the wash See OUTCOME.

debunk To expose the falseness or pretentiousness of a person or his attitudes, assertions, etc.; to divest of mystery, thereby bringing down from a pedestal; to destroy the illusions perpetuated by clever talk and feigned sincerity; to reveal the true and nonsensical nature of something. The root bunk is a shortened form of buncombe ‘nonsense, gob-bledygook.’ Thus, to “debunk” is to eliminate the nonsense, or as below, to “burst the bubble.”

Michael, after drifting round the globe, becomes a debunking expert, a pricker of bubbles. (Nation, October 10, 1923)

See also bunkum, NONSENSE.

Freudian slip A slip of the tongue; a seemingly innocent statement which has a concealed psychological significance. This expression comes from the psychoanalytical theories of Sigmund Freud, some of which hold that a person often reveals his true psyche in less than obvious ways, such as through slips in speech or through forgetfulness. In its contemporary usage, however, Freudian slip has been carried to extremes and is often used to call attention to any slip of the tongue, especially if such attention might be embarrassing (in a questionably humorous sort of way) to the speaker.

It was an odd little slip of the tongue … They call them Freudian slips nowadays. (N. Blake, Deadly Joker, 1963)

let the cat out of the bag To divulge a secret, often accidentally. Most accounts claim that this expression derives from the county fairs once common in England and elsewhere at which suckling pigs were sold. After being purchased, the pigs were sealed in a sack. Occasionally, an unscrupulous merchant would substitute a cat for the pig and try to sell the sealed bag to an unsuspecting customer at a bargain price. If the buyer were cautious, however, he would open the sack before buying its unseen contents, thus “letting the cat out of the bag.” This expression has enjoyed widespread figurative use ever since.

We could have wished that the author … had not let the cat out of the bag. (The London Magazine, 1760)

See also pig in a poke,SWINDLING.

a little bird See INTUITION.

murder will out The truth will manifest itself in time; the secret will be disclosed. Chaucer uses this expression in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale:

Murder will out, that see we day by day.

A later version appears in Shakespeare’s Hamlet:

Murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
With most miraculous organ. (II, ii)

It was once believed that a dead body would bleed if touched by the murderer. This and similar myths popular in the 16th century reinforced the belief embodied in this expression.

put the finger on To identify; to inform on; to point out one person to another who seeks him, such as a victim to a hit man or a criminal to a police officer; sometimes simply finger.

Frank Lee … had fingered many, many dealers to the Feds. (Flynn’s, December 13, 1930)

A related expression, fingerman, refers to an informer, one who puts the finger on someone else. Fingerman sometimes describes the person who cases (i.e., surveys or examines) a prospective victim or location and relays information to criminals such as thieves or kidnappers.

show one’s true colors To reveal one’s real character or personality; to strip one-self of façades and affectations; to expose one’s true attitude, opinion, or position. Originally, colors referred to the badge, insignia, or coat of arms worn to identify and distinguish members of a family, social or political group, or other organization. Thus, to show one’s colors was to proudly display a sign of one’s ideology or membership in an organization. With the rise in piracy, however, the expression took on implications of exposure after attempted or successful deception. More specifically, showing one’s true colors involved lowering the bogus colors (i.e., the flag of a victim’s ally) and raising the skull-and-crossbones. Used figuratively, this expression carries intimations of asserting one-self after having vacillated; used literally, it means exposure after deception. Variations are come out in one’s true colors and show one’s colors.

Opponents who may find some difficulty in showing their colors.
(William Gladstone, in Standard, February 29, 1884)

See also sail under false colors, PRETENSE.

sing in tribulation To confess under torture; to act as an informer, especially when threatened with or subjected to bodily harm; to squeal. In the Middle Ages, a person who had previously refused to inform or reveal information was said to “sing in tribulation” when extreme suffering and torture finally loosed his tongue.

This man, sir, is condemned to the galleys for being a canary-bird … for his singing … for there is nothing more dangerous than singing in tribulation. (Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605)

A related expression from the same work is sing in agony.

One of the guards said to him, “Signor Cavalier, to sing in agony means, in the cant of these rogues, to confess upon the rack.”

A widely used variation is the slang sing ‘to inform.’

slip of the tongue An inadvertent remark, an unintended comment; a verbal mistake, a faux pas. This colloquialism plays on the idea of a tongue having a mind of its own. Or, as in Freudian slip, it is implied that the slip reflects one’s unconscious thoughts or desires.

It was a slip of the tongue; I did not intend to say such a thing. (Frances Burney, Evelina, 1778)

The following anonymous verse advises how to avoid the problem:

If you your lips
Would keep from slips,
Of these five things beware:
Of whom you speak,
To whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.

A similar expression is slip of the pen, referring to a written mistake. According to OED citations, this expression appeared in print by the mid-17th century, antedating slip of the tongue by 65 years.

spill one’s guts To reveal one’s most intimate thoughts and feelings; to lay bare one’s soul; to divulge secret information, usually damaging to another; to confess or to inform on. In this expression, guts means bowels, in the latter’s senses of deepest recesses and pro-foundest feelings. This common phrase often implies that the revealed information was obtained through coercion, as in the interrogation of a person suspected of a crime or a prisoner-of-war.

spill the beans To divulge a secret; to prematurely reveal a surprise, often by accident. This expression is one of the most common in the English speaking world, but no plausible theory of its origin exists.

“Tell me the truth,” she says.
“Spill the beans, Holly, old man!” (E. Linklater, Poet’s Pub, 1929)

tell tales out of school To utter private information in public; to indiscriminately divulge confidential matters; to gossip. In this expression dating from the mid-16th century, school represents a microcosm, a closed society having its own standards and codes of behavior. The family unit is another such microcosm. These and similar groups usually encourage confidentiality. Thus, to tell tales out of school is to share with members outside of the group information privy to it.

A very handsome … supper at which, to tell tales out of school, … the guests used to behave abominably. (Thomas A. Trollope, What I Remember, 1887)

tip one’s hand To reveal one’s intentions, motives, or plans before the proper moment, to unintentionally or unwittingly give one-self away; also to show one’s hand.

He was perilously near showing his whole hand to the other side. (Bookman, October, 1895)

The allusion is to the inadvertent display of one’s hand to the other players in a card game.

wash one’s dirty linen in public To discuss domestic problems with mere acquaintances; to reveal personal concerns to strangers; to expose the skeleton in the family closet. This common expression seems to have come to English via the French 77 faut laver son linge sale en famille One should wash one’s dirty linen in private [at home, within the household].’

I do not like to trouble you with my private affairs;—there is nothing, I think, so bad as washing one’s dirty linen in public. (Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset, 1867)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exposure - vulnerability to the elementsexposure - vulnerability to the elements; to the action of heat or cold or wind or rain; "exposure to the weather" or "they died from exposure";
vulnerability - susceptibility to injury or attack
wind exposure, windage - exposure to the wind (as the exposed part of a vessel's hull which is responsible for wind resistance)
solarisation, solarization - exposure to the rays of the sun
2.exposure - the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience; "she denounced the exposure of children to pornography"
influence - causing something without any direct or apparent effort
overexposure - the act of exposing someone excessively to an influencing experience; "an overexposure to violence on television"
underexposure - inadequate publicity
3.exposure - the disclosure of something secret; "they feared exposure of their campaign plans"
disclosure, revealing, revelation - the speech act of making something evident
expose, unmasking - the exposure of an impostor or a fraud; "he published an expose of the graft and corruption in city government"
muckraking - the exposure of scandal (especially about public figures)
4.exposure - aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces; "the studio had a northern exposure"
panorama, vista, view, aspect, scene, prospect - the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
5.exposure - the state of being vulnerable or exposed; "his vulnerability to litigation"; "his exposure to ridicule"
danger - the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; "you are in no danger"; "there was widespread danger of disease"
6.exposure - the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate; "he used the wrong exposure"
light unit - a measure of the visible electromagnetic radiation
7.exposure - a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slideexposure - a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
beefcake - a photograph of a muscular man in minimal attire
black and white, monochrome - a black-and-white photograph or slide
blueprint - photographic print of plans or technical drawings etc.
cheesecake - a photograph of an attractive woman in minimal attire
closeup - a photograph taken at close range
daguerreotype - a photograph made by an early photographic process; the image was produced on a silver plate sensitized to iodine and developed in mercury vapor
blowup, enlargement, magnification - a photographic print that has been enlarged
frame - a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film
glossy - a photograph that is printed on smooth shiny paper
headshot - a photograph of a person's head
hologram, holograph - the intermediate photograph (or photographic record) that contains information for reproducing a three-dimensional image by holography
longshot - a photograph taken from a distance
microdot - photograph reduced to the size of a dot (usually for purposes of security)
arial mosaic, photomosaic, mosaic - arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture
mug shot, mugshot - a photograph of someone's face (especially one made for police records)
photocopy - a photographic copy of written or printed or graphic work
photographic print, print - a printed picture produced from a photographic negative
photomicrograph - a photograph taken with the help of a microscope
radiograph, shadowgraph, skiagram, skiagraph, radiogram - a photographic image produced on a radiosensitive surface by radiation other than visible light (especially by X-rays or gamma rays)
representation - a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
snapshot, snap, shot - an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera; "my snapshots haven't been developed yet"; "he tried to get unposed shots of his friends"
spectrogram, spectrograph - a photographic record of a spectrum
stereoscopic photograph, stereoscopic picture, stereo - two photographs taken from slightly different angles that appear three-dimensional when viewed together
still - a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes); "he wanted some stills for a magazine ad"
telephoto, telephotograph - a photograph made with a telephoto lens
telephotograph - a photograph transmitted and reproduced over a distance
time exposure - a photograph produced with a relatively long exposure time
vignette - a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
wedding picture - photographs of bride and groom and their friends taken at their wedding
scene, shot - a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
8.exposure - the act of exposing film to light
photography, picture taking - the act of taking and printing photographs
overexposure - the act of exposing film to too much light or for too long a time
underexposure - the act of exposing film to too little light or for too short a time
time exposure - exposure of a film for a relatively long time (more than half a second)
9.exposure - presentation to view in an open or public manner; "the exposure of his anger was shocking"
demonstration, presentation, presentment - a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view; "the presentation of new data"; "he gave the customer a demonstration"
debunking, repudiation - the exposure of falseness or pretensions; "the debunking of religion has been too successful"
10.exposure - abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)
abandonment, desertion, forsaking - the act of giving something up
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1. vulnerability, subjection, susceptibility, laying open Exposure to lead is known to damage the brains of young children.
2. hypothermia, frostbite, extreme cold, intense cold Two people died of exposure in Chicago overnight.
3. revelation, exposé, uncovering, disclosure, airing, manifestation, detection, divulging, denunciation, unmasking, divulgence the exposure of Anthony Blunt as a former Soviet spy
4. publicity, promotion, attention, advertising, plugging (informal), propaganda, hype, pushing, media hype The candidates have been getting a lot of exposure on TV.
5. uncovering, showing, display, exhibition, baring, revelation, presentation, unveiling, manifestation a bodice allowing full exposure of the breasts
6. contact, experience, awareness, acquaintance, familiarity Repeated exposure to the music reveals its hidden depths.
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1. The condition of being laid open to something undesirable or injurious:
2. Something disclosed, especially something not previously known or realized:
Informal: eye opener.
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إطار فيلم التَّصويرتَعَرُّض ، تَعْريض
mynd eîa filmuflöturskjólleysi
maruz kalmapoz


A. N
1. (= contact, laying open) (to weather, heat, cold, light) → exposición f
this strategy reduces your exposure to risk (Fin) → esta estrategia reduce el riesgo al que está expuesto
to die of exposuremorir de frío, morir por estar a la intemperie
2. (= disclosure) [of plot] → denuncia f; [of imposter, criminal] → desenmascaramiento m
to threaten sb with exposureamenazar con desenmascarar or descubrir a algn
3. (= public exposure) → publicidad f
he's getting a lot of exposureestá recibiendo mucha publicidad
see also indecent
4. (= outlook) → orientación f
a house with a southerly exposureuna casa orientada hacia el sur
5. (Phot) (gen) → exposición; (= aperture) → abertura f de diafragma; (= speed) → velocidad f de obturación; (= photo) → foto f, fotografía f
B. CPD exposure meter N (Phot) → fotómetro m, exposímetro m
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[ɪkˈspəʊʒər] n
(to danger, disease)exposition f
exposure to asbestos → exposition à l'amiante
(= hypothermia) → hypothermie f
to be suffering from exposure → souffrir d'hypothermie
to die of exposure, to die from exposure → mourir de froid
(= publicity) → publicité f
to get exposure → bénéficier de publicité
to get exposure for sb → faire connaître qn, faire de la publicité à qn
(= unmasking) [person]
Since his exposure he has made no comment → Depuis qu'il a été démasqué, il n'a pas fait de déclaration.
the exposure of sb as sth → le fait de confondre qn comme qch, le fait de démasquer qn comme qch
[film] → temps m de pose (= shot) → pose fexposure meter nposemètre m
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(to sunlight, air, danger) → Aussetzung f (→ to +dat); doctors are warning against excessive exposure of the skin to sunlightdie Ärzte warnen davor, die Haut zu sehr dem Sonnenlicht auszusetzen; to be suffering from exposure (Med) → an Unterkühlung leiden; to die of exposure (Med) → erfrieren
(= displaying)Entblößung f
(= unmasking, of person, thief, murderer) → Entlarvung f; (of abuses, plots, vices, scandals, crime)Aufdeckung f; to threaten somebody with exposuredrohen, jdn zu entlarven
(= position of building)Lage f; southern exposureSüdlage f
(Phot) → Belichtung(szeit) f
(Media) → Publicity f; his new film has been given a lot of exposuresein neuer Film hat viel Publicity bekommen
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[ɪksˈpəʊʒəʳ] n (gen) → esposizione f; (of plot) → smascheramento (Phot) → esposizione; (photo) → posa (Med) → assideramento
to die of exposure → morire assiderato/a
to threaten sb with exposure → minacciare di denunciare qn
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(ikˈspəuz) verb
1. to uncover; to leave unprotected from (eg weather, danger, observation etc). Paintings should not be exposed to direct sunlight; Don't expose children to danger.
2. to discover and make known (eg criminals or their activities). It was a newspaper that exposed his spying activities.
3. by releasing the camera shutter, to allow light to fall on (a photographic film).
exˈposure (-ʒə) noun
1. (an) act of exposing or state of being exposed. Prolonged exposure of the skin to hot sun can be harmful.
2. one frame of a photographic film etc. I have two exposures left.
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n exposición f, contacto
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Cutaneous food allergy was also reported by SALZO & LARSSON (2009) when 20 from 117 suspected cases were confirmed by elimination dietary trial followed by provocative exposure, in a three-year study developed in Sao Paulo-SP, Brazil.
Definitive diagnosis of cutaneous food allergy is given through eliminating diets that supposedly provoke the allergic reaction, followed by the provocative exposure (with the same causative diet) after clinical improvement (SCOTT et al., 2001; IHRKE, 2009; SALZO & LARSSON, 2009; PROVERBIO et al., 2010).
This chronic inflammation heightens the twichiness of the airways-Airway Hyperresponsiveness (AHR)--to provocative exposures. [1]