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dirty linen

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 of dirty linen
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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dirty laundry

noun phrase

Personal or family matters; intimate details: I won't hang out our dirty linen in front of this bunch (1860s+)

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wash one's dirty linen

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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