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come out of the closet

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To publicly announce a belief or preference that one has kept hidden, especially one's sexual preference: “At the last moment, the representative came out of the closet and announced her support for the controversial amendment.” (See skeleton in the closet.)

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Slang definitions & phrases for come out of the closet

come out of the closet

verb phrase
  1. To acknowledge one's homosexuality; come out: He came out of the closet last year and his parents damn near died (1960s+ Homosexuals)
  2. To reveal or acknowledge some personal conviction, political position, etc: In 1978 Timmy came out of the closet and showed a genuine interest in the club/ James Robinson, a fiery, red-faced orator with a Bible clenched in his upraised hand, thundered that it was ''time for God's people to come out of the closet and the churches and change America''

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Idioms and Phrases with come out of the closet

come out of the closet

see: come out , def. 6.
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