dirty linen


noun

personal or private matters that could cause embarrassment if made public: You didn't have to air our dirty linen to all your friends!

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Origin of dirty linen

First recorded in 1945–50
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Example sentences from the Web for dirty linen

  • I flung them into the dirty-linen basket and dragged open the drawer in which the clean ones were kept.

    The Uttermost Farthing|R. Austin Freeman
  • And why not have consigned it to his dirty-linen basket and have it washed?

    Ravensdene Court|J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher