Definition of skeleton in the cupboard in English:

skeleton in the cupboard

(North American skeleton in the closet)
  • A discreditable or embarrassing fact that someone wishes to keep secret.
    More example sentences
    • We all have our hidden secrets, our skeletons in the closet, our feelings of guilt; these things weigh on everyone to a degree.
    • When we think of secrets, we think of all those the skeletons in the closet.
    • But she isn't the only one with a skeleton in the closet; Danny is hiding a secret of his own.
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