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 Recently celebrating its 10th anniversary, Upright has become an open secret in this city’s craft beer scene, using mixed and wild fermentation along with barrel aging to create new beer after new beer. oregonlive, "These are Portland’s 20 best breweries for 2020," 21 Jan. 2020 These include, according to numerous critics, a tendency to megalomania and authoritarianism, as well as an anti-Muslim bias that had been an open secret for years before the current crisis. James Griffiths, CNN, "The West turned Aung San Suu Kyi into a saint. She was always going to disappoint," 13 Dec. 2019 But Farrow indicated that Lauer’s behavior was an open secret at NBC. Washington Post, "Rape accusations against Lauer ensnare NBC management," 10 Oct. 2019 The accusers and dozens of others interviewed said Domingo’s behavior was an open secret in the opera world. Washington Post, "Domingo’s accusers: Nothing ‘chivalrous’ about groping women," 4 Dec. 2019 Though their gameplan was an open secret, Louisville was repeatedly unable to close ranks around the ballcarrier. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football will pass again one day, but not while Lynn Bowden is dicing up defenses," 30 Nov. 2019 The presence of B-61s in the five countries is an open secret, confirmed by independent observers. Miles A. Pomper, The Conversation, "Where in Turkey are the nuclear bombs stored?," 23 Oct. 2019 Several who were interviewed for this story described this as less of a scandal or open secret than a reflection of the fact that the public, in general, is shifting toward messaging apps. Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "Holes in Colorado open records law grow as technology changes," 26 Oct. 2019 But Farrow indicated that Lauer's behavior was an open secret at NBC. David Bauder,, "Rape accusations against Matt Lauer ensnare NBC management," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of open secret

1828, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2020

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“Open secret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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