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skeleton in the cupboard

(North American skeleton in the closet)

Definition of skeleton in the cupboard in English:

A discreditable or embarrassing fact that someone wishes to keep secret.
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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