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let the cat out of the bag

Definition of let the cat out of the bag

  1. :  to reveal a secret <We wanted the party to be a surprise, but he let the cat out of the bag.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  hinder, prevent

  1. :  something that impedes :  obstruction

    :  a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

  1. :  to cause to :  make

    :  to offer or grant for rent or lease

    :  to assign especially after bids

  1. :  a carnivorous mammal (Felis catus) long domesticated as a pet and for catching rats and mice

    :  any of a family (Felidae) of carnivorous usually solitary and nocturnal mammals (as the domestic cat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cougar, wildcat, lynx, and cheetah)

    :  a malicious woman

  1. :  to bring (an anchor) up to the cathead

  1. : catalog

    : catalyst

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : :  a usually flexible container that may be closed for holding, storing, or carrying something: as

    :  purse

    :  handbag

  1. :  to swell out :  bulge

    :  to hang loosely

    :  to cause to swell


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