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English definition of “lay yourself open to attack, criticism, ridicule, etc.”

lay yourself open to attack, criticism, ridicule, etc.

to make it easy for people to attack you, etc.: She lays herself open to criticism with such unashamedly extreme views.Causing difficulties for oneself or others
(Definition of lay yourself open to attack, criticism, ridicule, etc. from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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