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 While Rodgers' issues with McCarthy have been well documented, the Packers QB takes bigger issue with players becoming anonymous sources and airing their team’s dirty laundry. Dallas News, "Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers weigh in on Cowboys’ early struggles under Mike McCarthy," 22 Oct. 2020 Who amongst us, Long wonders, would want their dirty laundry aired nationally. cleveland, "Why Chris Long stuck by Myles Garrett, thinks he’s a Hall of Famer, and how the incident impacts his legacy," 17 Oct. 2020 Early on, businesses were reluctant to air their dirty laundry. oregonlive, "Oregon hospital halts most internal coronavirus tracking, upsetting employees left in dark about potential exposure," 4 Oct. 2020 And caregivers should wear disposable gloves when handling that dirty laundry, the CDC says, throwing them away after each use. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Coronavirus: What you should do if you or a loved one tests positive for Covid-19," 2 Oct. 2020 This backpack hamper is an absolute game changer for anyone who has to cart their dirty laundry up or down stairs or to a laundromat. Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "21 of our favorite products under $15 on Amazon," 22 Sep. 2020 Grime from your dirty laundry, detergent residue, hard-water deposits, and mold or mildew can build up inside the washer over time. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Common Laundry Mistakes That Could Be Damaging Your Clothes," 28 Aug. 2020 The suit, a rare airing of corporate dirty laundry, follows the board’s... Heather Haddon And Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "McDonald’s Board Faces New Scrutiny of Investigation Into Former CEO," 12 Aug. 2020 Cabinetry is crucial in a laundry room to store linens, hide dirty laundry, and keep cleaning supplies organized. Jessica Dailey, House Beautiful, "What a Laundry Room or Mud Room Renovation Actually Costs in 2020," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dirty laundry

1967, in the meaning defined above

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28 Oct 2020

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“Dirty laundry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirty%20laundry. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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