To be revealed or exposed. Discrepancies in the yearly budget report only came to light after the auditors began analyzing it.These incriminating documents came to light when they were leaked by a whistleblower.See also: come, light
come to light
Fig. [for something] to become known or to be discovered. Many surprises have come to light since then.Nothing new has come to light since we talked last.See also: come, light
come to light
Be clearly revealed or exposed, as in New facts about evolution have come to light with the latest fossil discoveries in Africa . Miles Coverdale had this idiom in his translation of the Bible (Ezekiel 16:57): "And before thy wickednesse came to light." [First half of 1500s] See also: come, light
come to ˈlight
become known; be revealed: It recently came to light that he’d been in trouble with the police before.See also: come, lightSee also:
to become known. • Some interesting facts about your past have just come to light. • If too many bad things come to light, you may lose your job.
come to light|come|light
v. phr. To be discovered; become known; appear. John's thefts from the bank where he worked came to light when the bank examiners made an inspection.When the old woman died it came to light that she was actually rich.New facts about ancient Egypt have recently come to light. Compare: BRING TO LIGHT.