dirty linen

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

Origin of dirty linen

First recorded in 1945–50
  • Also called dirty laundry.

Words Nearby dirty linen

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How to use dirty linen in a sentence

  • In his presence the dirty linen of two millions of people is washed en famille.

    Other People's Money | Emile Gaboriau
  • She lets them drop on the ground, between the boards of floors, or old furniture, and among dirty linen and rubbish.

    The Insect World | Louis Figuier
  • One of my first tasks in the morning was the collecting and classification of my ward's dirty linen.