skeleton in the closet


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skeleton in the closet

A secret, especially one that would cause embarrassment if known; from the use of real human skeletons by anatomists who often obtained these illegally.
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Noun1.skeleton in the closet - a scandal that is kept secret; "there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
scandal, outrage - a disgraceful event
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Winners of this years' program, titled "A Skeleton in the Closet - The Family in America Reacts" were Grafton High School (first place), Millbury Junior-Senior High School (second) and Douglas High School (third), with Sutton High School receiving an honorable mention.
They appear shell-shocked by dwindling sales, demoralized employees, evaporating market capitalization - and the lingering possibility, however remote, that a skeleton in the closet could trigger the next world-class business collapse.
LINSEY Dorrans has found a skeleton in the closet - and she'd like to reunite it with the owner.