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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

bring into the open

To write clearly and concisely, use a verb like disclose, expose, reveal, show or divulge to replace the wordy expression bring into the open. Other possibilities include make known or make public.

  • Wordy: The audit brought the company’s financial status into the open.
  • Concise: The audit disclosed the company’s financial status.
  • Wordy: The investigation brought the crime into the open.
  • Concise: The investigation exposed the crime.
  • Wordy: The talent competition brought the contestants’ skill into the open.
  • Concise: The talent competition revealed (or showed) the contestants’ skill.
  • Wordy: The media report brought the contents of the letter into the open.
  • Concise: The media report divulged the contents of the letter.
  • Concise: The media report made the contents of the letter known (or public).