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open secret

noun
1.
something supposedly secret but actually known quite generally.
Origin of open secret
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • It is an open secret, too, that he is engaged to Genevieve Winthrop, and surely a man must want to see the lady of his love.

    A War-Time Wooing Charles King
  • It was an open secret that their married life was anything but peaceful.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was an open secret—his attachment to a lady, who had been his pupil, and was now generally understood to be his fiancée.

    The Life of John Ruskin W. G. Collingwood
  • By the first of June, it was an open secret that all was not well with Lorimer's soul.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Finally, some weak miner, unable to hold the open secret any longer, told the Pet about Grump's operation in dust.

British Dictionary definitions for open secret

open secret

noun
1.
something that is supposed to be secret but is widely known
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Idioms and Phrases with open secret

open secret

Something that is supposedly clandestine but is in fact widely known, as in It's an open secret that both their children are adopted. This expression originated as the title of a Spanish play by Calderón, El Secreto a Voces (“The Noisy Secret”), which was translated by Carlo Gozzi into Italian as Il pubblico secreto (1769). In English the term came into general use during the 1800s.
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