air one's dirty linen in public

air one's dirty linen in public
• air one's dirty laundry/linen in public
make public something embarrassing that should be kept secret

The dinner party became uncomfortable when the host began to air his colleagues' dirty laundry in public.


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  • air one's dirty linen in public — or[wash one s dirty linen in public] {v. phr.} To talk about your private quarrels or disgraces where others can hear; make public something embarrassing that should be kept secret. * /Everyone in the school knew that the superintendent and the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • air one's dirty linen in public — or[wash one s dirty linen in public] {v. phr.} To talk about your private quarrels or disgraces where others can hear; make public something embarrassing that should be kept secret. * /Everyone in the school knew that the superintendent and the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • air\ one's\ dirty\ linen\ in\ public — • air one s dirty linen in public • wash one s dirty linen in public v. phr. To talk about your private quarrels or disgraces where others can hear; make public something embarrassing that should be kept secret. Everyone in the school knew that… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • wash or air one's dirty linen in public — idi wash or air one s dirty linen in public, to reveal one s secrets or shame to outsiders …   From formal English to slang

  • wash one's dirty linen in public — See: AIR ONE S DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wash one's dirty linen in public — See: AIR ONE S DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wash\ one's\ dirty\ linen\ in\ public — • air one s dirty linen in public • wash one s dirty linen in public v. phr. To talk about your private quarrels or disgraces where others can hear; make public something embarrassing that should be kept secret. Everyone in the school knew that… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • air one's dirty laundry in public — • air one s dirty laundry/linen in public make public something embarrassing that should be kept secret The dinner party became uncomfortable when the host began to air his colleagues dirty laundry in public …   Idioms and examples

  • dirty linen — /dɜti ˈlɪnən/ (say dertee linuhn) noun 1. soiled laundry. 2. private history, especially that of a scandalous nature. –phrase 3. wash (or air) one s dirty linen in public, Colloquial to reveal or discuss matters of a scandalous nature from one s… …  

  • dirty linen — noun personal matters that could be embarrassing if made public • Syn: ↑dirty laundry • Hypernyms: ↑personal business, ↑personal matters, ↑affairs * * * noun : private or domestic matters whose exposure in public would bring shame or… …   Useful english dictionary

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