skeletons in the/someone's closet

Definition of skeletons in the/someone's closet


  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

skeletonplay skeletons
  1. :  a usually rigid supportive or protective structure or framework of an organism

    :  the bony or more or less cartilaginous framework supporting the soft tissues and protecting the internal organs of a vertebrate

    :  something reduced to its minimum form or essential parts

  1. :  of, consisting of, or resembling a skeleton

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  an apartment or small room for privacy

    :  a monarch's or official's private chamber

    :  a cabinet or recess for especially china, household utensils, or clothing

  1. :  to shut up in or as if in a closet

    :  to take into a closet for a secret interview

  1. :  closely private

    :  working in or suited to the closet as the place of seclusion or study :  theoretical

    :  being so in private

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