open secret


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 His relationship with Gollust was widely seen as an open secret across the company prior to the Cuomo investigation. al, 16 Feb. 2022 The poor working conditions for congressional staffers are an open secret on Capitol Hill. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 9 Feb. 2022 By the early 1980s, Pakistan’s pursuit of a nuclear bomb had become an open secret. New York Times, 10 Oct. 2021 The North Shore is the last word in beaches, really—a mic drop of sand-meets-sea around every bend in the road—and has been immortalized in films from South Pacific (1958) to The Descendants (2011), making the island an open secret in Hollywood. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Aug. 2021 Indeed, the disconnect between the two was frequently discussed and considered an open secret — at first among those who work for the Jazz, and then later among league insiders as a whole. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 June 2021 Oddly, Zucker’s relationship with Gollust has long been something of an open secret—there have been references to it in the tabloids and even in Katie Couric’s memoir. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 2 Feb. 2022 The hypocrisy of Russian officials and their families enjoying the largesse of the West has been an open secret in Russia for years. CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 That’s because the plot’s biggest spoiler leaked over and over to the point where it’s all an open secret. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of open secret

1828, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2022

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“Open secret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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