He was thus able to bring out of the closet a long term nightmare and an even longer term fact of American life.
Actress Ellen Page came out of the closet on Valentine's Day at a Human Rights Campaign conference in Las Vegas.
So why fire off an absurd figure, instead of asking Gandhi about the skeletons in her closet?
The mom opened the closet door, and I jumped up with the gun thinking it was my friend.
And Duke was a closet Nazi getting exposed by an avalanche of reporting.
“He is within, sire,” Tavannes answered, indicating the closet.
It was over his image that she had lingered that morning in her closet.
The Guardian unlocked a closet and took from it a white194 robe, which the soldier threw over Ojo.
She offered to go to my closet: I stept in before her: touch it, if you dare.
It was now eleven, and Sir Thomas knew very well that Stemm would be in his closet.
late 14c., from Old French closet "small enclosure, private room," diminutive of clos "enclosure," from Latin clausum "closed space, enclosure, confinement," from neuter past participle of claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)). In Matt. vi:6 it renders Latin cubiculum "bedchamber, bedroom," Greek tamieion "chamber, inner chamber, secret room;" thus originally in English "a private room for study or prayer." Modern sense of "small side-room for storage" is first recorded 1610s.
The adjective is from 1680s, "private, secluded;" meaning "secret, unknown" recorded from 1952, first of alcoholism, but by 1970s used principally of homosexuality; the phrase come out of the closet "admit something openly" first recorded 1963, and lent new meanings to the word out.
"shut up as in a closet" (originally usually for purposes of concealment or private consultation), 1680s, from closet (v.). Related: Closeted; closeting.
Secret; unsuspected •Although this sense is much earlier, it has recently been revived by the homosexual use: Puddin' calls me his closet red-neck/ fellow who was known around the White House as a ''closet liberal'' (1600s+)
as used in the New Testament, signifies properly a storehouse (Luke 12: 24), and hence a place of privacy and retirement (Matt. 6:6; Luke 12:3).