bare one's soul



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bare one's soul

  1. (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, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 1:
      "I will not bare my soul to their shallow prying eyes. My heart shall never be put under their microscope."
    • 1916, Gilbert Parker, The World For Sale, ch. 26:
      "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, The Heart of Rachael, ch. 3:
      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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