skeletons in the closet

Meaning(s)

1. secrets, sth embarrassing in sb's past, sth you don't want others to know

Popularity

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he has some/a lot of skeletons in his closet, find skeletons in sb's closet

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The idiom 'a skeleton in the closet' refers to a secret or something which has been concealed by somebody which might be scandalous or ruinous if it were revealed to others. A skeleton in the closet is often personal information in someone's past or history which could cause a scandal if it was public knowledge. This is an informal idiom that can be used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. The Reporter found a skeleton in the Prime Ministers closet. Turns out he was having an affair.
  2. I have been totally honest with everyone. I don't have any skeletons in my closet.
  3. They say that everyone has some skeletons in their closet. You just have to look harder.

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  1. If you are in the public eye, you can be sure that any skeletons you have in the closet will end up in the media.
  2. A successful PR company can turn a skeleton in the closet into career-boosting publicity.

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