Origin of linen
Related formslin·en·y, adjectivehalf-lin·en, adjectiveun·der·lin·en, noun
British Dictionary definitions for wash one's dirty linen in public
- a hard-wearing fabric woven from the spun fibres of flax
- (as modifier)a linen tablecloth
Word Origin for linen
Idioms and Phrases with wash one's dirty linen in public (1 of 2)
wash one's dirty linen in public
Also air one's dirty linen or laundry. Expose private matters to public view, especially unsavory secrets. These metaphors are reworkings of a French proverb, Il faut laver son linge sale en famille (“One should wash one's dirty linen at home”), which was quoted by Napoleon on his return from Elba (1815). It was first recorded in English in 1867.
Idioms and Phrases with wash one's dirty linen in public (2 of 2)
see wash one's dirty linen in public.