Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

the cat's out of the bag

the cat is out of the bag
Meaning(s)
1) a secret or surprise has been revealed
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    • who let the cat out of the bag?
  • Analysis

    If you 'let the cat out of the bag' or 'let the cat out of the box', it means to reveal information or facts that were previously hidden or guarded. Often this expression is used when someone finds out information others were keeping from them, such as a surprise party or a promotion. This phrase can have a positive or negative connotation.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Dad accidentally let the cat out of the bag when he began talking about my sister's birthday cake in front of her.
    2. Once he saw the envelope was opened, he knew the cat was out of the bag.
    3. You don't have to whisper anymore, the cat's out of the bag.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Karen let the cat out of the bag regarding her upcoming promotion. She will manage a team now.
    2. During negotiations, it's best not to let the cat out of the bag early on what your ultimate aim is.
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