dirty linen

dirty linen

noun
personal or private matters that could cause embarrassment if made public: You didn't have to air our dirty linen to all your friends!
Also called dirty laundry.


Origin:
1945–50

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dirty linen definition


and dirty laundry
  1. n.
    scandal; unpleasant private matters. : I wish you wouldn't put our dirty linen out for everyone to see. , She seems always to drag out her dirty linen whenever possible.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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