open the kimono


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open the kimono

A slang expression used to describe revealing all one's financial and other confidential information to a suitor who has expressed an interest in purchasing a company or some of its assets.The danger, of course, is gauging whether the suitor is serious or merely engaging in a spectator sport.

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As a result, litigation discovery can feel like being forced to open the kimono and expose the company's most valuable assets.
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Manufacturers in the era of reverse engineering may be reluctant to fully open the kimono, but that results in offerings that are by and large tame.