shine a light on

Meaning(s)

1. reveal or clarify something

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shine a light on the situation

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The idiom 'to shine a light on' something means to reveal or expose something or making something clear or easier to understand. You can shine a light on something by providing an explanation, explaining something, or giving additional information. You can use this idiom in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. New evidence found by the police throws some light on the suspect's motives for committing the crime.
  2. I can't make any sense of this document, are you able to shine any light on what it's about?
  3. The podcast explained the political situation very well and shone a light on the situation for those not living in the area.

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  1. The boss held a wash-up meeting to shine a light on where things had gone wrong with the project.
  2. We keep having issues with the new software, so I called Ann in to look at it. She's an IT Specialist, so I hope she can shed some light on the situation.

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