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sexta-feira, 18 de maio de 2018


(This post is supposed to be a short one for those who love reading on a telephone)

What does ‘skeleton in the closet’ mean?

Skeleton in the closet stands for an event in one’s past or family that is embarrassing and that one would prefer to keep secret. That is, secrets and several other past memories that you prefer not to talk about with anyone else.

Example 01 Before I took this job with the government, I had to reveal the fact that I had been arrested when I was a teenager. That has always been my skeleton in the closet.

What does ‘family skeleton’ mean?

Example 02 Mary’s family had a relative who spent years in prison. They always tried to keep that family skeleton a secret.

Based on IN THE LOOP: A Reference Guide to American English Idioms

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