bare one's soul
- (idiomatic) To reveal one's innermost feelings and thoughts, especially concerning one's doubts, regrets, or flaws; to tell one's personal secrets to others.
1891, Oscar Wilde, chapter 1, in The Picture of Dorian Gray:
- "I will not bare my soul to their shallow prying eyes. My heart shall never be put under their microscope."
1916, Gilbert Parker, chapter 26, in The World For Sale:
- "Must a Romany bare his soul before a stranger?" replied Rhodo. . . . Must the secret of the dead be spoken before the robber of the dead—"
1916, Kathleen Norris, chapter 3, in The Heart of Rachael:
- Her thoughts wandered about among the various friends whose judgment might serve at this crisis to clear her own thoughts. . . . No, she could not bare her soul to the bishop.
- 1996 Oct. 21, Christopher John Farley, "Music: First-Class Flyers," Time:
- Duritz's vocals are more anguished and torn than ever; he's as emotionally naked as a daytime talk-show guest, baring his soul and searching for empathy.
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