shed light on

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Related to shed light on: come to light, make light of, throw light on, taking a shine
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Verb1.shed light on - make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
clarify, clear up, elucidate - make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
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(ʃed) present participle ˈshedding: past tense, past participle shed verb
1. to send out (light etc). The torch shed a bright light on the path ahead.
2. to cast off (clothing, skin, leaves etc). Many trees shed their leaves in autumn.
3. to produce (tears, blood). I don't think many tears were shed when she left.
shed light on
to make clearer. This letter sheds light on the reasons for his departure.
References in classic literature ?
She was the smile that shed light on all round her.
but as the sun was rising from the fair sea {24} into the firmament of heaven to shed light on mortals and immortals, they reached Pylos the city of Neleus.