open the kimono

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open the kimono

  1. (business, slang, idiomatic, intransitive) To reveal details of one's business operations.
    • 1999, Time (volume 154, issues 10-17, page 72)
      For the first 10 minutes, Lui refuses to "open the kimono" and reveal details about the company.
    • 2014, Susie Wyshak, Good Food, Great Business
      Before agreeing to “open the kimono” and show them everything, first ask exactly what they will want to see—all sales records, from all customers?