take the lid off


take the lid off
take the lid off (of) something & take the lid off
1. Lit. to remove the lid from something. (

Of

is usually retained before pronouns.) •

I took the lid off the box and set it aside.

Karen took off the lid.

2. Fig. to reveal a set of previously concealed problems. (

Of

is usually retained before pronouns.) •

You took the lid off this mess. You straighten it out!

You took off the lid, so you have to settle it.

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{v. phr.} 1. To let out in the open; divulge. * /It's about time to take the lid off the question of how many prisoners of war are still in enemy hands./ 2. To start to face an issue. * /"The best way to deal with your divorce," the doctor said to Fran, "is to take the lid off of it."/ Compare: BLOW THE LID OFF, LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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