1. no longer a secret, an area not closed in
get something out in the open
To be 'out in the open' means something is common knowledge or that it has been uncovered or revealed. Something 'out in the open' was probably once a secret that has now been made public knowledge. "The politicians' discretions are now out in the open after a witness reported him to the press." If something is 'out in the open' it also means it is exposed or out in the air and visible to others. "I wouldn't leave your new bike out in the open like that, it'll be stolen immediately."