open secret

noun

Definition of open secret

: a supposedly secret but generally known matter

Examples of open secret in a Sentence

It's an open secret that he's been cheating on his wife.
Recent Examples on the Web Forde’s reporting characterized Clemson’s sign-stealing practice as an open secret in college football. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football coach Ryan Day takes a shot at Clemson and Brent Venables’ sign-stealing reputation," 28 Dec. 2020 Apple's Car Plays Apple's car plan, under the code name Project Titan, has been an open secret in the automobile and tech world since its inception in 2014. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Report: Apple’s Electric Car Is on Track for 2024 Production," 21 Dec. 2020 After all, the open secret is that any canon requires the tacit recognition and participation of its public. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "The Futility of Rolling Stone’s Best-Albums List," 2 Oct. 2020 Setting aside the specifics of what was actually said between Camilla and Diana, Charles’s affair with his eventual second wife was an open secret, as were Diana’s flings later on. Washington Post, "As ‘The Crown’ tackles recent history with Princess Diana, the show hits a nerve," 19 Nov. 2020 The announcement has been an open secret for a while having been originally reported by the Athletic on October 22. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "New NBA season set to begin December 22," 6 Nov. 2020 The area had an open secret then: It was filled with stations on the Underground Railroad for slaves trying to reach freedom. Dan Sewell, Star Tribune, "With Americans anxious to go out, walking tours pick up pace," 10 Oct. 2020 But Buck’s racial fetishism, theoretically easier to keep behind the bedroom door, was an open secret too. Jesse Barron, New York Times, "What Happened Inside Ed Buck’s Apartment?," 16 Sep. 2020 Talib, the member of the Newark squad, recalled that their identities became an open secret in the Nation. Les Payne, The New Yorker, "The Day Malcolm X Was Killed," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of open secret

1828, in the meaning defined above

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open secret

noun

English Language Learners Definition of open secret

: something that many people know about but that is supposed to be a secret

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