Bare One's Soul Meaning
(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.
Example: 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 deadâ€”"
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.