dirty laundry


Definition of dirty laundry

: private matters whose public exposure brings distress and embarrassment

called also dirty linen

Examples of dirty laundry in a Sentence

The company is trying to keep its dirty laundry from being aired in public.

Recent Examples on the Web

And my dirty laundry was folded with Marie Kondo-like precision, the underwear neatly wrapped in tissue paper. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Tide wants to do your laundry for you — so I let them do mine," 19 July 2019 The most obvious is keeping the cat out of your son's room and dirty laundry up off the floor. Cathy Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Cat peeing on dirty laundry is not uncommon feline behavior," 17 July 2019 Her mere five-word response not just aired Odom's dirty laundry but threw him and probably his ego under the bus. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Kim Kardashian just hardcore burned Khloe's ex-husband, Lamar Odom on Twitter," 18 Jan. 2018 Fox doesn’t mind if strangers are willing to air out their dirty laundry in front of cameras. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Vivica A. Fox talks #MeToo: ‘I can’t say I haven’t been hit on, I just tried to make better choices'," 24 Sep. 2018 The bedroom's the obvious place to go looking for dirty laundry — but don't forget about the den! Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Gross Are Your Laundry Habits?," 21 Sep. 2018 Now would be a good time to air dirty laundry to try to get ahead of bad stories and an even better time to try to shape a narrative that will be helpful. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Ham sandwiches, yes; presidents, no," 17 May 2018 Now that its dirty laundry is public, there’s no choice but to engage in ever-thornier conversations. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Why the Leaked Facebook Memo Is So Dangerous for Zuckerberg," 30 Mar. 2018 It's decorated just like a typical Rice kid's dorm room, complete with Nutella, a red Solo cup, gummy bears and dirty laundry. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Rice engineering students build an upside-down room you have to see," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dirty laundry

1967, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dirty laundry

: private information that causes shame and embarrassment when it is made public

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