family skeleton

family skeleton

n
a closely guarded family secret
References in classic literature ?
When this spirited young man and his sister had begun systematically to produce the family skeleton for the overawing of the College, this narrative cannot precisely state.
IIf you cannot get rid of a family skeleton, you may as well make it dance,'' said George Bernard Shaw.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
During her stay, she falls foul of her despairing mother and strict grandmother, but the trio are forced to reassess their relationship when a family skeleton is released from the closet.
Then she revealed the family skeleton and told them how Tommy had fathered another girl even while she was pregnant with their second daughter Denise.
His dreams of running for office himself were crushed, however, when his older sister yanked the family skeleton out of the cupboard and revealed Bobby was really her son, the illegitimate result of a fling she had with a college student whose identity she refused to reveal.
And once back in Bosnia a family skeleton comes tumbling from its cupboard to turn his world upside down.
Meanwhile, the family skeletons she uncovers are too small to make much of a rattle.
But family skeletons might come out, and we don't know how to deal with them.
The fiction shortlist features Dewi Prysor's Cig a Gwaed about family skeletons, Manon Steffan Ros' Blasu about a woman's memories and Tony Bianchi's dark tale Ras Olaf Harri Selwyn.
Her quiet sleuthing reveals a host of family skeletons that threaten to bring more than the wedding crashing down around them in this riveting mystery.