A supposed secret that is in fact known to many people.
- I suppose it was an open secret that Fortune Mike had a kidney problem and that it never really cleared up.
- It signals the inevitability of secrets being opened in small communities, and the fact that open secrets necessitate the importance of self and social presentation.
- Yet our secret government is an open secret: a condition that cannot last.
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