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    To lay bare

    Dear Teacher,
    Could you please explain the meaning of the following idomatic expression?

    People must indenty the false promises that lay bare.

    Thank you


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    Re: To lay bare

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post
    Dear Teacher,
    Could you please explain the meaning of the following idomatic expression?

    People must indenty the false promises that lay bare.

    Thank you
    "Lay bare" means to "expose" -- in the sense of "clarify" or "get to the real truth."

    So the sentence you posted does not make sense in English.

    People must lay bare the false promises of potentates and emperors.
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    I suppose there could be some way in which the sentence means "the false promises that are lying there exposed as falsehoods," but it certainly is not a typical thing to say.

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