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dirty little secret

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dirty little secret

noun phrase

  1. Something shameful that must be concealed; an embarrassing fact: Power has been a dirty little secret among modern economists
  2. Anything held secret personally or communally because it is patently shameful; a skeleton in the closet: Everybody will know the dirty little secret of American journalism/ Class Act: America's Last Dirty Little Secret

[phrase propagated by D H Lawrence, esp in his long essay ''Pornography and Obscenity'']

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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