skeletons in the/someone's closet

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Definition of skeletons in the/someone's closet

informal
: 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.

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“Skeletons in the/someone's closet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skeletons%20in%20the%2Fsomeone%27s%20closet. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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