He was thus able to bring out of the closet a long term nightmare and an even longer term fact of American life.
Actress Ellen Page came out of the closet on Valentine's Day at a Human Rights Campaign conference in Las Vegas.
So why fire off an absurd figure, instead of asking Gandhi about the skeletons in her closet?
The mom opened the closet door, and I jumped up with the gun thinking it was my friend.
Of course, not every family has a 350-pound skeleton in its closet.
“He is within, sire,” Tavannes answered, indicating the closet.
What have you done with the money you took from the drawer in the closet?
The Guardian unlocked a closet and took from it a white194 robe, which the soldier threw over Ojo.
And he brought from a closet the red hood, which he spread out on the table.
It was now eleven, and Sir Thomas knew very well that Stemm would be in his closet.
late 14c., from Old French closet "small enclosure, private room," diminutive of clos "enclosure," from Latin clausum "closed space, enclosure, confinement," from neuter past participle of claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)). In Matt. vi:6 it renders Latin cubiculum "bedchamber, bedroom," Greek tamieion "chamber, inner chamber, secret room;" thus originally in English "a private room for study or prayer." Modern sense of "small side-room for storage" is first recorded 1610s.
The adjective is from 1680s, "private, secluded;" meaning "secret, unknown" recorded from 1952, first of alcoholism, but by 1970s used principally of homosexuality; the phrase come out of the closet "admit something openly" first recorded 1963, and lent new meanings to the word out.
"shut up as in a closet" (originally usually for purposes of concealment or private consultation), 1680s, from closet (v.). Related: Closeted; closeting.
Secret; unsuspected •Although this sense is much earlier, it has recently been revived by the homosexual use: Puddin' calls me his closet red-neck/ fellow who was known around the White House as a ''closet liberal'' (1600s+)