[phrase propagated by D H Lawrence, esp in his long essay ''Pornography and Obscenity'']
We know this dirty little secret of civilization theoretically—cynicism about everything is our American meat and milk.
The dirty little secret here is the persistence of urban poverty.
President Obama, for instance, is also against gay marriage—a dirty little secret many of my gay friends were shocked to discover.
But recently, news broke of a woman who claimed to be blowing the lid off a "dirty little secret" of pageantry.
The business of selling coupons has a dirty little secret: Many coupons are never redeemed.
The dirty little secret is that after only four weeks of not looking for a job, an unemployed worker stops being counted.
This is the dirty little secret of big business, the Republican Party, and undocumented labor.
Both countries also share a dirty little secret—they are addicted to their foreign workers, whatever their legal status.
Here at last we come to the dirty little secret that underlines all the chatter about “supporting the troops.”