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Something supposedly secret but in fact generally known.
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something that is supposed to be secret but is widely known
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something supposedly secret but actually known quite generally.
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|Noun||1.||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"
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