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come out of the closet

To publicly announce a belief or preference that one has kept hidden, especially one's sexual preference: “At the last moment, the representative came out of the closet and announced her support for the controversial amendment.” (See skeleton in the closet.)

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Related Words for come out of the closet

reveal, acknowledge, leak, confess, divulge, publish, unveil, discover, admit, uncover, tell, exhibit, own, show, relate, expose, spill, communicate, mouth, unfurl

Idioms and Phrases with come out of the closet

come out of the closet

see come out, def. 6.

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