skeletons in the/someone's closet


: something bad or embarrassing that happened in someone's past and that is kept secret
He asked if she had any skeletons in her closet that might affect her political campaign.

Examples of skeletons in the/someone's closet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The great cliché of serial-killer stories is the seemingly harmless neighbor with skeletons in the closet (or garage, or freezer). James Poniewozik, New York Times, 12 June 2023 Scott Moss doesn’t keep his skeletons in the closet., 8 Oct. 2021 Inflation, for all its virtues, has some skeletons in the closet. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 21 Oct. 2011

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