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.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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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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