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Ventilate a Subject

(To). To moof it, to throw it out for discussion that it may be winnowed or sifted. To ventilate a room is to let air and light into it, to drive away bad gases, etc. So in ventilating a subject, light is thrown on it, and all that is false, extraneous, or doubtful is blown away.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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