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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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dirty laundry was in 1967

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“Dirty laundry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirty%20laundry. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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