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family skeleton

noun
1.
a closely guarded family secret
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  • I'm going to saddle the family skeleton, and I'm going to ride till dark.

    The Quirt B.M. Bower
  • And then the family skeleton is always reading family prayers.

    An Ideal Husband Oscar Wilde
  • Hugh John proceeded cautiously to unwrap his family skeleton.

  • That is my business, solving mysteries, looking up the family skeleton, hunting out spooks.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • It is in such obscure closets that a family skeleton, if it be kept at all, might be kept most safely.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
  • But Susan knew nothing of that domestic martyrdom which conceals and smiles on the family skeleton.

  • If he resists we will drag his family skeleton from the privacy of his domestic closet.

  • Aunt Emily represented what Diana was pleased to call "the family skeleton in the flesh."

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • "I 'll not be elbowed out of the way and kept in the closet like a family skeleton any longer," he went on.

    The Mayor of Warwick

    Herbert M. Hopkins
  • I am not asking you to expose a family skeleton—I'm demanding that you treat me as your attorney and trust to my discretion.

    The Landloper Holman Day

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