come out of the closet

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come out of the closet definition


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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come out of the closet definition


  1. in.
    to appear publicly as a homosexual; to cease concealing one's homosexuality. (The phrase has many nonsexual metaphorical meanings.) : They say he came out of the closet when he was eight years old.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

come out of the closet

see come out, def. 6.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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