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.

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McCarrick penchant for bedding seminarians was an open secret within some church circles since at least 2000. Washington Post, "Pope on critics: It’s ‘an honor if the Americans attack me’," 5 Sep. 2019 Evans instead walked a room full of developers through a pretty cool open secret that awaited music fans until this weekend: YACHT had been spending the last three years writing a new album called Chain Tripping (out yesterday, August 30). Wired, "How YACHT Used Machine Learning to Create Their New Album," 5 Sep. 2019 The dark history of Bisbee was largely an open secret for decades in the funky old copper town just seven miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Washington Post, "Film airing on PBS recalls city’s dark deportation history," 14 July 2019 The fate of all those tapes has been an open secret for years. New York Times, "The Day the Music Burned," 11 June 2019 Evans instead walked a room full of developers through a pretty cool open secret that awaited music fans until this weekend: YACHT had been spending the last three years writing a new album called Chain Tripping (out yesterday, August 30). Wired, "How YACHT Used Machine Learning to Create Their New Album," 5 Sep. 2019 Evans instead walked a room full of developers through a pretty cool open secret that awaited music fans until this weekend: YACHT had been spending the last three years writing a new album called Chain Tripping (out yesterday, August 30). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album," 31 Aug. 2019 This is what his version of that dully familiar standby, the open secret, looked like. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Myth of the ‘Underage Woman’," 15 Aug. 2019 This became a somewhat open secret among the Quakers. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "Breaking Bad: The False Step and Downfall of Penn Legend Jerome Allen," 11 July 2019

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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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