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.

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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 Pressbox, launched in 2013 by University of Notre Dame graduates Vijen Patel and Drew McKenna, allows customers to drop off their dirty laundry at any time in one of the company’s lockers, mainly located in high-rise apartment buildings and offices. Hailey Mensik, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago-based dry-cleaning startup Pressbox acquired by Procter & Gamble," 3 July 2018 Becca was unhappy about dirty laundry being aired before a crowd, and the other men complained that Chris was so volatile. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Bachelorette': Orlando man sent packing," 3 July 2018 In completely unsurprising news, Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas Markle Sr., is continuing to air his dirty laundry to the press. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Meghan Markle’s Dad Has Decided to Pick a Fight With the Queen," 26 June 2018 He was arrested, hauled before Congress and the judge, but for various reasons the whole matter gets dropped because then, as now, Congress doesn’t like to air its dirty laundry in public. National Geographic, "Why the Short-Lived Pony Express Still Fascinates Us," 23 June 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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