open secret


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open secret

n.
Something supposedly secret but in fact generally known.

open secret

n
something that is supposed to be secret but is widely known

o′pen se′cret


n.
something supposedly secret but actually known quite generally.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.open secret - something that is supposed to be secret but is generally known; "their love affair was an open secret"
secret - something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on); "the combination to the safe was a secret"; "he tried to keep his drinking a secret"
Translations
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open secret

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References in classic literature ?
It is an open secret that the credit of this smart capture belongs entirely to the well-known Scotland Yard officials, Messrs.
I am telling you what is a pretty open secret when I tell you that there is a conference due to be held this week at some place or another on the continent-I don't know where, myself - which will have a very important bearing upon our future.
Well, it's an open secret that when he's out of trainin' he drinks hard--strikin' an average, he calls it.
When a few weeks later it was reported in the papers that Wilcox had been shot at from an ambuscade, it was an open secret that McMurdo was still at work upon his unfinished job.
Between Rollo and this human benefactor there had always existed friendly relations, and it was an open secret that, unless his uncle were to marry and supply the world with little Galloways as well as braces, the young man would come into his money.
It is a sort of open secret that Baron Arnheim left her the greater portion of his immense fortune.
As it is an open secret that the Duke of Balmoral has been compelled to sell his pictures within the last few years, and as Lord St.
It is an open secret that the Duke's married life had not been a peaceful one, and the matter had ended in a separation by mutual consent, the Duchess taking up her residence in the south of France.
Allardyce has been on holiday in Spain as Sunderland's interest in him became an open secret, but chairman Ellis Short has persuaded him to resume his career on Wearside following his exit from West Ham after four years at the end of last season.
City's interest in Sterling has been an open secret for some time, but the Reds were desperate to retain his services as they braced themselves for an approach.
I will sit down and talk to the club in the coming days, or when the season ends, but it is an open secret.
And this is an open secret which even the top authorities in traffic department know.