dirty laundry

noun

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 In Latinx exile communities, trauma—and the depression, anxiety, or PTSD that may accompany it, is often compounded by stigma surrounding mental health care, as well as an umbrella culture that warns families not to air their dirty laundry. Raquel Reichard, refinery29.com, 11 Nov. 2021 Vin Diesel is airing some of the familglia’s dirty laundry on Instagram. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 8 Nov. 2021 My husband of 16 years has been airing our dirty laundry to anyone who will listen, including my 35-year-old son. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 4 Nov. 2021 There is also the potential for embarrassing dirty laundry to emerge during trial if, for example, portions or all of Rodriguez’s video deposition is played for the jury. Christian Red, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 UConn’s recent past can’t be sent out like so much dirty laundry to come back clean and fresh, and its future is well beyond the control of the players who are wearing the jersey now. Dom Amore, courant.com, 26 Sep. 2021 The Justice Department had barrelled down with startling swiftness: Charges were brought against Winner just one hour after the NSA’s dirty laundry hit the air. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 To be a whistleblower and air a company’s dirty laundry is tantamount to disbelieving the pervasive techno-optimism that’s sustained the industry. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2021 Schonbek got to visit the house six months later, unaccompanied, and Gins’s dirty laundry remained in the bedroom, her medicines on the kitchen counter. Diana Budds, Curbed, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of dirty laundry

1967, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2021

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“Dirty laundry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirty%20laundry. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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dirty laundry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dirty laundry

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

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